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ALL1005 FULL 
Everyday Organic Chemistry 
Day/Time  Thursday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session Second 6 weeks 10/25
Limit: 25
   

Organic chemistry gets a bad rap. It is widely believed to be one of the most difficult of the core science subjects, and its adjective has been hijacked by the food industry to mean something quite different. It is simply the chemistry of carbon, and is both us and much of the world around us. At the everyday level, organic chemistry is both simple and elegant, simple because it obeys a small number of rules and elegant in its beauty and versatility. This course, offers a grand tour of some of the organic compounds, both natural and synthetic, that shape our lives.

Coordinator: John Ward

John has a Masters in Chemistry from Oxford and an MBA from Manchester. He has spent most of his career in New York financial services industry, and has a lifelong love of chemistry.

 

 

 

 ALL1028 
Godmothers of the Environmental Movement 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
SessionFirst 6 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25
  

The modern environmental movement will be explored, focusing on the work of Rachael Carson. We will see a film about her life and read portions of Silent Spring and a new article about her work by historian Jill Lepore. The contributions of Margarie Stoneman Douglas will also be covered.

Coordinator: Anne Southworth

After teaching English at Western New England College, Anne is enjoying reading and teaching in retirement.

 

 

 

 ALL718 
Mind and Matter 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
SessionFirst 6 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25
  

The relationship of mind to matter has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. This course explores the power of mind, seen in the placebo effect, for example, and other physical conditions. The evidence raises serious questions about the commonly held theory that mind is wholly reducible to the structure and function off the brain. Effects of mind can be far more powerful than is generally realized and are not well understood. There will be lectures, discussion, and brief readings with more information at mindmattercourse.org.

Coordinator: Sydney Lamb

Before retiring Syd was a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004). In A.L.L. he has taught courses in Mind and Belief. Mind and Matter, Mind and Music, and the Evolution of Brain and Language.

 

 

 

 ALL1034 
Mind and Matter II 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
SessionFirst 6 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25
  

This is an advanced course for those who have already taken the basic Mind and Matter course, ALL 718. In this course we explore the mind and its relationship to matter in greater depth and pursue the implications of the findings presented in the basic course. There will be lectures, discussion, and brief readings.

Coordinator: Sydney Lamb

Before retiring Syd was a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004). In A.L.L. he has taught courses in Mind and Belief. Mind and Matter, Mind and Music, and the Evolution of Brain and Language.

 

 

 

 ALL1031 
The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room 
Day/Time  Tuesday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-106
Session12 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25
  

Neurologists estimate that around 80% of what occurs inside our brain takes place outside of our conscious awareness. Like the unseen 800-pound gorilla in the room, we don't perceive this collection of activities; we don't even realize they exist. But, they do, and they have profound effects on how we think and behave. Come and learn about your own unconscious mind and how you can be its master (rather than the other way around). Course text: The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam.

Coordinator: Don Ellicott

Don is a retired history teacher and has taught a dozen or so courses at A.L.L. on neurology, psychology, and history.

 

 

 

 ALL996 
The Believing Brain 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
SessionFirst 6 weeks 9/11
Limit: 25
  

This course will continue last spring's course with Michael Shermer's book, The Believing Brain. We will continue to explore what makes people believe what they believe, why they stick to beliefs despite new data and why it is so hard to change beliefs. This is purely a discussion course with material from the book and from each other.

Coordinator: Barbara Leedom

Barbara continues to coordinate courses in the philosophy and physiology of believing.

 

 

 

 ALL1001 
Using Children's Literature to Teach Science 
Day/Time  Friday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/26
Limit: 20
  

In 1991, Pat received the Connecticut Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for her program Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science. In 2009, she created the website which contains 100 books linked to a simple, basic science activity. Each week we will cover one aspect of science. These activities would be fun to share with grandchildren and friends. Please bring scissors, tape, glue stick, crayons or colored pencils. The text will come from this website: https: //intranet.cshgreenwich.org/heartNet/childrensLitAndScience.asp

Coordinator: Patricia McKean

Pat was a classroom science teacher for 44 years, starting in at the college level and ending in Pre-School through 4th grade. She has presented teacher and student workshops nationally and internationally and specializes in teaching science through literature. She currently serves as a Science Education Consultant, and as a Peer Reviewer for the National Science Teachers Association’s journal Science and Children.