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An Endorsement From Betsy Brown Braun!
Betsy Brown Braun is a Child Development and Behavior Specialist. She is author of the best sellers Just Tell Me What to Say and You’re Not the Boss of Me.

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“What a special book I Wonder is. The gentle text is like climbing into a warm bath, and the illustrations are just delicious—each is a complete work of art. I look forward to sharing I Wonder with my clients, as the message of the book is of critical importance.”—Betsy Brown Braun

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Stardust
An excerpt from The Universe Within
by Neil Shubin

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All the galaxies in the cosmos, like every creature on the planet, and every atom, molecule, and body on Earth are deeply connected. That connection begins at a single point 13.7 billion years ago…
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What Will I Say Next?
An excerpt from How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?
by Max Velmans

NeuronsCROP…In speech, for example, the tongue may make as many as twelve adjustments of shape per second—adjustments which need to be precisely coordinated with other rapid, dynamic changes within the articulatory system. According to Lenneberg (1967), within one minute of discourse as many as ten to fifteen thousand neuromuscular events occur…
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Plastic Alternatives Update
I recently discovered two new products that I’ve added to my list of plastic alternative recommendations: a water bottle for kids and a toddler sippy cup. Click below to see the full list.

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“I’m Saving Lives”

Matthew T Rader

A couple of weeks ago, I was rear-ended by a driver who was texting. I felt immediate relief that the accident hadn’t been worse and that my kids weren’t in the car with me. But then I started to think about all the people who haven’t been so lucky—all the people who have died, or lost a child, as a result of mindless cell phone use…
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The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
A TEDx Norrkoping Talk by Carol Dweck
Dr. Dweck explains the power of responding to children with “Not Yet” when they’re having trouble understanding. If they are told “Not Yet”, they experience a problem as one they can solve given time and guidance, rather than something they have “failed”. Instead of setting children up for failure, low self-esteem, and cheating, we can help them become curious, interested in learning, and excited by a challenge!

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Click here to watch Carol Dweck’s talk

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My Plastic Alternative Recommendations
After reading the recent Mother Jones article “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics,” I started to take health concerns about plastic more seriously. Previously, I figured that the problem of BPA had been addressed, and that as long as products were free of this toxic ingredient, our sippy cups, bottles, and containers were safe. However, it turns out that even more hazardous chemicals are being used in the production of plastics, and when the same guys (literally) who tried to help protect the tobacco industry are now helping protect the plastics industry, we know we have a problem. I’ve spent some time looking for alternative products for our children, and I thought others might benefit from my research and trial and error.

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Click here to view my product recommendations—everything from baby bottles to flatware!

 

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A Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy
On January 5, NASA released an image of the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbour, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years. The awe inspiring video below by @daveachuk zooms in on the photo. There are no words…

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Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain
by Gareth Cook
Using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, a Princeton neuroscientist is hoping to map the intricate wiring of the human brain. If he succeeds, could we live forever as data?

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Click here to read the NYT Magazine article

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Your Inner Fish
An excerpt from Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion-Year
History of the Human Body
by Neil Shubin

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… No matter how different the species look as adults, as tiny embryos they all go through the same stages of development. To fully appreciate the importance of this, we need to look again at our first three weeks after conception… 

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The Wonderful and Terrifying Implications of Computers That Can Learn:
A TED Talk by Jeremy Howard
Would you like to spend your New Year’s contemplating what the future holds? Start with this!

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Meditation Retreat
An excerpt from 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story
by Dan Harris

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It was the longest, most exquisite high of my life, but the hangover came first…

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The Emotional Past
An excerpt from Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are
by Joseph LeDoux

Tree of Peace…According to the mood congruity hypothesis, memories are more easily retrieved when the emotional state at the time of memory formation matches the state at the time of retrieval. For example, we are more likely to remember sad than happy events when depressed… 

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