Does Pixar's Inside Out Show How Memory Actually Works?

Jennifer Talarico, Lafayette College

Disney/Pixar’s newest film, Inside Out, tells the story of 11-year-old Riley and her difficulty dealing with a family move to San Francisco. The film is getting a lot of attention for its depiction of emotion and memory.

The filmmakers consulted with neuroscientists and psychologists to help make sure they got the science right. As a cognitive psychologist who studies memory, I was excited to see how the film showed the relationship between memory and emotion.

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Philosophy for Children Boosts their Progress at School

Stephen Gorard, Durham University; Beng Huat See, Durham University, and Nadia Siddiqui, Durham University

A programme to teach young children the basics of philosophical thinking in UK schools has been shown to help them progress in maths and reading. A new study evaluated the use of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme in which primary school children are guided through discussions of questions such as “Should a healthy heart be donated to a person who has not looked after themselves?” or “Is it acceptable for people to wear their religious symbols at work places?”

The programme is intended to help children become more willing and able to question, reason, construct arguments and collaborate.

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Philosophical Toolkit in tow, Scholar Travels to Conflict Zones

Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University

Over the past few years, I’ve organized philosophy workshops around the world: with students at Palestinian and Indonesian universities, Hasidic Jews in New York, teenagers in Brazil and an Iroquois community in Canada.

I chose the locations deliberately along various lines of conflict: Israel and Palestine, Islam and the West, religious orthodoxy and urban modernity, social and racial divisions in Brazil, and the struggle of Native Americans with the legacy of colonialism.

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Lao Tzu & Eastern Philosophies

Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching, was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. As founder of philosophical Taoism, he's a legendary figure dated back to the 6th Century BCE and supposedly a contemporary of Confucius. Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

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You've had an Out-of-Body experience, But what kind?

By Alexander De Foe, Monash University

Have you ever felt as though your sense of awareness was outside of your physical body? That you were looking back at yourself from another place in the same room? If so, you’ve probably had an out-of-body experience (OBE). But not all OBEs are the same.

Research suggests OBEs are more common than one might think, with around 10% of the population having reported at least one such experience in their lifetime.

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