houth002: October 2011 Archives

Scientists have found that age acquisition influence language learning. The critical period for language learning is between the ages of one to seven. This means that children are better at learning new language than adults. However, an article written by Mary Schleppegrell present contradicting results from current theory. In "The Older Language Learner" Schleppegrell wrote, "there is no decline in the ability to learn as people get older". The article went on to cites researches done by Krashen in 1979 to indicated that adult may have an easier and rapider time than children when It come to communicating a new foreign language (Krashen, Long, and Scarcella, 1979). Schleppegrell also incorporate Walsh claims that, "in important respects adults have superior language learning capabilities"(Walsh and Diller, 1978), which stated that the neural cell responsible for linguistic process develop with ages. Thus adults can make "higher order association" to the stuff that they had already acquired. This means that adult have a larger resource center for reference which contribute to ability to rapidly learn new information. In essence, adult can learn a new language at the same rate as children given the right condition. There may be some true to this, but the article fails to take into account the proactive interference in the processes of acquiring new information. As shown in the example of a tennis player who is trying to learn to play racket ball. The similarity between the two sports may cause the player to utilize their tennis skill rather than the new rules just as a new language may inference with the old.

http://youtu.be/CUqlOIyMcJE

Scientists have found that age acquisition influence language learning. The critical period for language learning is between the ages of one to seven. This means that children are better at learning new language than adults. However, an article written by Mary Schleppegrell present contradicting results from current theory. In "The Older Language Learner" Schleppegrell wrote, "there is no decline in the ability to learn as people get older". The article went on to cites researches done by Krashen in 1979 to indicated that adult may have an easier and rapider time than children when It come to communicating a new foreign language (Krashen, Long, and Scarcella, 1979). Schleppegrell also incorporate Walsh claims that, "in important respects adults have superior language learning capabilities"(Walsh and Diller, 1978), which stated that the neural cell responsible for linguistic process develop with ages. Thus adults can make "higher order association" to the stuff that they had already acquired. This means that adult have a larger resource center for reference which contribute to ability to rapidly learn new information. In essence, adult can learn a new language at the same rate as children given the right condition. There may be some true to this, but the article fails to take into account the proactive interference in the processes of acquiring new information. As shown in the example of a tennis player who is trying to learn to play racket ball. The similarity between the two sports may cause the player to utilize their tennis skill rather than the new rules just as a new language may inference with the old.

http://youtu.be/CUqlOIyMcJE

Scientists have found that age acquisition influence language learning. The critical period for language learning is between the ages of one to seven. This means that children are better at learning new language than adults. However, an article written by Mary Schleppegrell present contradicting results from current theory. In "The Older Language Learner" Schleppegrell wrote, "there is no decline in the ability to learn as people get older". The article went on to cites researches done by Krashen in 1979 to indicated that adult may have an easier and rapider time than children when It come to communicating a new foreign language (Krashen, Long, and Scarcella, 1979). Schleppegrell also incorporate Walsh claims that, "in important respects adults have superior language learning capabilities"(Walsh and Diller, 1978), which stated that the neural cell responsible for linguistic process develop with ages. Thus adults can make "higher order association" to the stuff that they had already acquired. This means that adult have a larger resource center for reference which contribute to ability to rapidly learn new information. In essence, adult can learn a new language at the same rate as children given the right condition. There may be some true to this, but the article fails to take into account the proactive interference in the processes of acquiring new information. As shown in the example of a tennis player who is trying to learn to play racket ball. The similarity between the two sports may cause the player to utilize their tennis skill rather than the new rules just as a new language may inference with the old. The below video elaborate on Schleppegrell's claim.

Self Awareness

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In his journey to search for consciousness Marcus de Sautory examine the experiment call the mirror self recognition test. In this experiment a child was given the opportunity to look at him/herself in the mirror. Then the parent of the child would pretend to wipe their face with a tissue and place a mole like sticker onto the child's face. The child is then allowed to look at themselves in the mirror again. Sautory found that human became self aware between the age of 18 to 24 months old. Yet, the experiment only proves those human beings are capable of self-awareness, whereas animal's consciousness remains unanswered. So Sautory went to New York and meet with Professor Gordon Gallup Jr. to learn more about the mirror test result in Chimpanzee and other animal and founds that these animal also exhibit self awareness. Gallup concluded that individual with mental self aware can engage in mental time travel. This means they can think about the relationship that happen in the past, present and future opportunity. Sadly, death awareness is the price for self awareness.
I think that death awareness is a huge price to pay even if the mental awareness has served us tremendously. Death denial have polarize group and create many complication for our life. We become so reliance on the metaphysical world for explanation and reliance on non-testable prediction. Many religious promise answers into the mysterious world of the afterlife, but these answer become hostile even deathly when confront or contradicted by another group. It seems self awareness is a double edge sword in terms of helping us survive, but also contributing to warfare and distrust.

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When do we become aware of self? 3:30 - 12:30 minutes
In his journey to search for consciousness Marcus de Sautory examine the experiment call the mirror self recognition test. In this experiment a child was given the opportunity to look at him/herself in the mirror. Then the parent of the child would pretend to wipe their face with a tissue and place a mole like sticker onto the child's face. The child is then allowed to look at themselves in the mirror again. Sautory found that human became self aware between the age of 18 to 24 months old. Yet, the experiment only proves those human beings are capable of self-awareness, whereas animal's consciousness remains unanswered. So Sautory went to New York and meet with Professor Gordon Gallup Jr. to learn more about the mirror test result in Chimpanzee and other animal and founds that these animal also exhibit self awareness. Gallup concluded that individual with mental self aware can engage in mental time travel. This means they can think about the relationship that happen in the past, present and future opportunity. Sadly, death awareness is the price for self awareness.
I think that death awareness is a huge price to pay even if the mental awareness has served us tremendously. Death denial have polarize group and create many complication for our life. We become so reliance on the metaphysical world for explanation and reliance on un-testable prediction. Many religious promise answers into the mysterious world of the afterlife, but these answer become hostile even deathly when confront or contradicted by another group. It seems self awareness is a double edge sword in terms of helping us survive, but also contributing to warfare and distrust.

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