Left Brain versus Right Brain

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  • The first team whose every member explores Syllabus footnote 6 to my satisfaction receives a Randawg: the If Only We’d Been Curious Enough to Discover this Earlier Award.
  • The first team to tell me what a “Randawg” is, and how they confirmed its meaning, receives a Randawg: the Someday, I Hope We’re as Cool as the Honors Program Juniors Award.
  • Read these quotations:
    • “Interpretation is a way of understanding the meanings of [this array of human] expressions, a process of analysis and synthesis. Most fundamentally, it requires us to take these expressions apart and put them back together . . . Interpretation encourages self-awareness. Interpretation is more than summary. It pays attention to details, to the non-literal, to the tacit and the deceptive, and to context. Thinking about interpretation entails considering the significance or lack of significance of the intention and aspects of the historical situation of the person responsible for the expression.” Final Report of the Boston University Task Force on General Education 6-Apr-16
    • “ . . . Bloomberg came up to Boston for an event to celebrate the upgraded planetarium, but arrived a few hours early to explore the [M]useum [of Science]. Miaoulis was eager to give him a tour to show how the museum had changed since Bloomberg was a kid. “I was ready to show him all the new things,” Miaoulis recalled, but “he wanted to see the giant sequoia tree and the beehive.” The sequoia exhibit — a crosscut of a 2,000-year-old tree — had made a deep impression on a younger Bloomberg . . . He learned about critical thinking when an instructor at the museum asked his class about the “redwood tree.” But students thought they got the right answer, not realizing that the question was a misdirection that tested their attention to detail. The tree was actually a sequoia.” Shirley Leung, With $50m, Bloomberg thanks Museum of Science, The Boston Globe 18-Oct-16
    • “Slumdog Millionaire speaks to the various functions of auto-biographical memory, including how we use past experiences to solve current problems and how these experiences help shape our identity.” John Seamon, Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us About Memory, MIT Press 2015
  • The team that writes the best non-whimsical explanation of the point of including these quotations in the 2016 SM233 Colloquia Challenge wins this Randawg: The That’s Why We’re In The Honors Program Award—PROVIDED:
    • The explanation does not exceed 75 words—and shorter is better (Use standard spacing and spelling. Nocuteattemptstocircumventtherules.)
    • I receive the explanation by email no later than 8 pm Sunday 20-Nov-16.

Is that it?

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