The Knowledge Game

You might not know this, but I am nearly a MASTER.


That’s right. My master’s degree is nearly complete. Too bad it won’t change my title (like it would with a PhD). I guess I could try to insist on being called Master. I can see why people don’t, though. It would be like a throwback to the pilgrim days (Jane Eyre’s Young Master John, anybody?), and those were the days of gender specificity when it came to titles . . . which would actually make me well on my way not to becoming a Master, but a Mistress. Which has so many other connotations outside of the powdered wigs and English governesses. You call somebody a mistress today, and you’re not using it the same way Mother Goose did…

The implications have a lot less:

and a lot more:

Dubious titles aside, I suppose there are other perks to getting a masters degree, right? Perhaps the first to come to mind is (drumroll please…):

I know, as soon as I wrote this, you guys were like: “No way, she doesn’t actually think that’s a big perk of getting your Masters. . . she’s just saying that because it sounds good.” But I’m not! It’s like Hank Green, one of my ever-admired VlogBrothers, said:

Knowing things is a magnificent game, my friends.  Don’t miss out.

To illustrate this concept, I will now, without furthur ado, share with you a:


Nugget of the Day!

There is a neuroscientist named Michael Posner. He wrote a lot about neuroplasticity. You should probably do yourself a favor, and read this book if you want to know more about it.

It’s actually beyond fascinating. . . but not the nugget of the day. Just wait for it, it’s definitely a good play in the knowledge game!

In case you live under a rock and don’t know, there is also an American pop singer named Michael Posner.

(Also, there’s nothing wrong with living under a rock, just to clarify.) He’s the guy that wrote the song “Cooler than Me” which is super-duper catchy and was on the radio all the time for a while? Remember?

SO, I’m pretty sure we should probably rewrite “Cooler than me” to be more suitable to Neuroscience Course Content. It could be called “Plasticity”.  This has serious potential.

Instead of:

“but you don’t know, the way that you look,

when your steps make that much noise . . . Shhh.”,

it could be:

“but your brain can’t know, which signal to send,

when neurons make too much noise . . . Shhh!”

See what fun the Knowledge Game can be???

Published by Abby

Dabbling in decoratives is an ongoing obsession. I love having a go at This, That and the Other. . . tackling projects that tickle my fancy, hoarding costumes (for the "Someday" that I own a dress-up tea-house for grown-ups) and hosting themed parties whenever I am not immersed in teaching French and Writing to high school students. In the interest of full transparency, there's something serious you should know: I overuse the ellipsis . . . frequently. Embarassingly enough, it seems to be the punctuation that best captures my stream of thought as it flits off of one subject and towards the next!

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