Dr. Shanker

3 06, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: “The Revolution is Coming”

By | 2020-06-05T16:49:41+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|

It was one of my more enjoyable interviews. The interviewer had clearly done her homework. Each question that she asked – and more important, her follow-ups – revealed how deeply she had read in Self-Reg. But it was her last question that really stands out in my mind: “What [...]

26 05, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: From “This” to “We” to “Me” and Back Again

By | 2020-05-26T07:47:46+00:00 May 26th, 2020|

Susan mentioned to me the other day that many people find it interesting to learn about the influences on my thinking about Self-Reg. Not just the biographical details, but the theoretical underpinnings of Self-Reg. The more I thought about this remark, the more I realized that it was time [...]

12 05, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: Now is Not the Time to be Going Red Brain

By | 2020-05-18T13:36:26+00:00 May 12th, 2020|

I’ve recently been engaged in a very interesting exercise. I decided to read together, so that I could compare and contrast, Michael Tomasello’s A Natural History of Human Morality (2016) and Jonathan Sacks’ Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (2020). I expected to find profound differences, given [...]

8 05, 2020

My Year of Math

By | 2020-05-07T15:13:02+00:00 May 8th, 2020|

By: Vicki Parnell “You’re doing WHAT? WHY?” “I feel anxious just thinking about that.” With reactions like this, you’d think I was I talking about going skydiving, wrestling with sharks, or conducting some kind of dangerous medical experiments on my body. Nothing that scary… I was merely taking university-level [...]

27 04, 2020

Feeling Tired (Again)? A Distance Learning Update On Some Possible Whys.

By | 2020-04-22T09:56:36+00:00 April 27th, 2020|

Back in 2016, I wrote one of my most well responded to blog posts on The MEHRIT Centre Blog. The post addresses that tired feeling that seems to deplete us even on the best of days, and how exploring this feeling through a Five Domains of Self-Reg lens might [...]

23 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: Meade’s Maxim

By | 2020-04-23T15:46:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2020|

I am always asking Why. Even when the answer seems obvious, I’m driven to see whether it’s possible to delve deeper. Which is how I feel about those who are so eager to relax social distancing. Granted, their political machinations are as clear as could be, as is the [...]

16 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: “Change can only happen when you are at your most uncomfortable”

By | 2020-04-23T15:45:43+00:00 April 16th, 2020|

When I was 17 years old, I made one of those incredibly stupid and life-altering decisions that seventeen-year-olds are so prone to make. I was on track for playing basketball at an American university, torn between a small college where I’d get to be a starter and a large [...]

8 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: It’s All a Matter of Trust

By | 2020-04-23T09:43:46+00:00 April 8th, 2020|

Early on in my university studies, I decided to dedicate myself fully to a life of toiling away in the service of the Blue Brain, little appreciating at the time that that was what I was doing. But that is what philosophy is: the apotheosis of Blue Brain zeal [...]

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