Nourishing the plant

I have been reading some wonderful things this morning on the net. My day usually begins (after a quick breakfast) with a look at Facebook, Google Plus, my blog dashboard and of course Twitter.

Today I found two really interesting things on Face book that made me think:

Here is the first of them, an entry by Barbara Bray using material by Jackie Gerstein:

Great Metaphor! Thank you Jackie Gerstein
I loved the Pencil Metaphor and the way that it used a simple idea to talk about the adoption of technology
in society.
The second entry was from Stanford University:
‎”Bassi was widely admired as an excellent experimenter and one of the best teachers of Newtonian physics of her generation.” – Paula Findlen, Stanford History Professor.

At age 21, Laura Bassi became Europe’s first female university professor. Now, in collaboration with Stanford’s libraries, her life and ground-breaking academic career will be digitally archived and accessible to the world.

news.stanford.edu

Laura Bassi, a noted 18th-century Italian scientist and Europe’s first female professor, left behind 6,000 pages of intriguing documents that describe her life and work.
I have to admit that I had never heard of Laura Bassi, but this is a wonderful project that will bring her work to the attention of so many people worldwide. I went on to open the link to the Stanford News article and found this very informative.
As far metaphors go, I would like to use one here in this post if I may. A person is to be seen as a plant. They grow from seed to develop and then mature and eventually they die. All plants will die but they can continue to grow and flourish if they are fed and watered.
My daily dip into the ocean of knowledge is my “plant food”. I am currently e-reading a book about the brain  by John Medina called “Brain Rules“. I am also embarking on a brilliant online course from the Annenberg Foundation called “Neuroscience and the classroom”. I continue to read other people’s excellent blogs as well as write posts for my own.
I believe that the key to continuing growth as the “plant” gets old is continued nourishment, which in human terms relates to our brain. I hope that I will be able to continue to do this for as long as is physically possible and that I can somehow help others to keep nourishing their brains, particularly using the huge resources that the internet provides us with these days.
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