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Hi All, This is Adi, here. Well, I am not actually here. I am in Portland Oregon, but my brain is with you. Well, OK, not really my brain, but the electronic output of the “I function” of my brain represented on Paul’s computer (I think). Anyway, I couldn’t pass up the chance to be there with you guys and do an exercise. So here goes – (if you all are done reading Paul can just hit the next slide button)
The “I-Function” of the Brain Hello “I-Function” of fellow BBI members. We are going to try to get you shut-up. Now hold on. Don’t get offended on me. We are just doing this in order to allow the non I-Function” part of the brain to do some stuff its pretty good at. If that works it may even make the I-Function” feel better about itself, or at least give it something to think about. Are you ready? I said are you ready? (that’s ok you don’t have to answer out loud just have Paul click to the next slide)
Shutting I up OK before we try to make your “I-Function” shut-up, were going to do something which may cause some of your “I-functions” to feel embarrassment. Its something, some of you may not have done since third grade. Its something which you may be very bad at. But I am going to ask you to do it anyway. Is your “I- function” sufficiently nervous? Okay Paul, click to the next slide.
Instructions Get out a piece of paper. Got one, good now get an instrument of writing Can you feel the suspense. Is it a pop-quiz on the “I- function?” No Paul – next slide…..
Drawing You are going to Draw. Yup Draw. Like you did back in grade school. Hey no groaning. What’s more I want you to try as hard as you can to draw well. You will have 3 minutes to try to draw the following as accurately as you can. Paul, time these guys and keep em- honest. Are you ready for the next slide? Lets do it!
So how did that Feel? OK how did that go? How did it feel? Lets not waste too much time talking about it though. We want to save a little time for more drawing. I know some of you felt bad about the drawing so I am going to give you another shot. Same picture. Same amount of time. One small twist (Paul get your stop-watch ready)
Times up! Ok Times up! How did you do? Share the pictures with your neighbor. Discuss the following: How are the pictures different? Did it feel different to draw the pictures?
Drawing and the Brain The exercise you just did was popularized in a book called Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain. I will let Paul explain Right Brain and Left Brain – he is the neurobiologist after all (pardon me, applied neurobiologist) but I am going to propose an alternate theory about why this exercise works. Yup, the I function.
Drawing and the “I-Function” I propose that when you are drawing the picture upside down, you are forced to use less of your “I - Function” in interpreting the picture. When you draw using the “I-Function”, you try to draw your (I- Function’s) ideas of the objects. When you draw upside down, you are forced to represent lines without telling so many stories about them. This turns out to make the job easier for most people.
OK, one more thing Before we go, let’s try to embarrass the “I-Function” one more time. Can I have an “I-Function” volunteer to come up to the front of the class? If you don’t do it I will choose one of you. Ok great you here? Next slide!
Monkey Games All right – click on the link below, click on and lets play. Play 7 rounds and play them quick, we don’t have a lot of time. http://www.kongregate.com/games/charlesartbr/monke y-memory
Is your “I-Function” slowing you down? How did that go? What was your experience of playing. Could you find a way to quiet your I-Function while playing? OK now lets watch a short and demoralizing film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ravykEih1rE
Monkey Mind Why did the monkey do so much better? What implication does this have for the way we play sports? What implications does this have for the way we educate?
One of the best songs dedicated to the I - Function All thru' the day I me mine, I me mine, I me mine. All thru' the night I me mine, I me mine, I me mine. Now they're frightened of leaving it, Ev'ryone's weaving it, Coming on strong all the time, All thru' the day I me mine. I-I me-me mine, I-I me-me mine, I-I me-me mine, I-I me-me mine. All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine. Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine. No-one's frightened of playing it, ev'ryone's saying it. Flowing more freely than wine, All thru' the day I me mine. I-I me-me mine, I-I me-me mine. I-I me-me mine, I-I me-me mine. All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mind. Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine. No-one's frightened of playing it, everyone's saying it, All thru' your life I me mine. ---- the Beatles