Storytelling and the brain

アイルランド, 2013年, ブライアン·カレン

This is Dr Brian Cullen’s presentation from last weekend’s FAB4 neuroELT conference in Nagoya.

We’re storytelling animals! We spend our lives telling stories — even when we’re sleeping.

We even finish our lives with a story, as Brian explains below at 4:39.

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And you know, at the end of your life, when you’re falling off a cliff or off a building and you’ve got two seconds left to live, what do you do?

Yeah, your life flashes before you, and you’ve got this whole story that you’re trying to watch in two seconds. And you hope that it’s a good story, which is a good reason to live a good life.

And as Terry Pratchett said it, much better, he said:

Your life flashes before your eyes just before you die.
Yes, it’s called life.
Enjoy it.

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1) Terry Pratchett is a popular British author.

2) This is a link to Brian’s web site, a collection of more than 180 stories.

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Galileo, Aristotle, Mikitani and a new perspective on ELT

英国, 2013年, グラハム・ジョーンズ

This is my pecha-kucha presentation from the FAB4 neuroELT conference (Nanzan University, Nagoya, July 2013).

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Four hundred years years ago, Galileo stood at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and destroyed an idea that had stood — unchallenged — for two thousand years. He proved that heavy objects do not fall faster than light objects.

Except this famous story isn’t true…

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