Sunday, November 30, 2014

molecular & sidetrack

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 20:04] In my case, when I talk about Mind Change, it's such an umbrella issue. It embraces disciplines ranging from molecular biology through to sociology, and no single scientist ever would do that whole range things. Yeah? So, it's a rather strange sidetracking to try and chop someone off the knees when really we should be exploring and talking about the papers and science.

Definitions:
molecular:
1. relating to or made up of molecules;
2. relating to or organized from simpler parts;

molecule:
1. the smallest physical unit of a substance that can exist independently, consisting of one or more atoms held together by chemical forces;
2. a very small amount of something;

sidetrack:
to make somebody start to talk about or do something that is different from the main thing that they are supposed to be talking about or doing

Saturday, November 29, 2014

umbrella & discipline

Quotations:
[w 20:04] In my case, when I talk about Mind Change, it's such an umbrella issue. It embraces disciplines ranging from molecular biology through to sociology, and no single scientist ever would do that whole range things. Yeah?

Definitions:
umbrella:
1. including or containing a lot of specific things of the same general type;
2. a round collapsible canopy of plastic or waterproof material on a frame at the top of a handle, held in the hand to protect somebody from rain, snow or sun.

discipline:
1. an area of knowledge; 
2. a subject that people study or are taught, especially in a university;

Friday, November 28, 2014

fear-mongering & amnesty

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w -monger 17:13] Well, I just think that, you know, this kind of fear-mongering happens with all new technologies and the point about them is not the particular characteristics, but that they are new. 

 [W amnesty 18:03] So, for example we've got petition-based organisations like Change.org or even Amnesty  international, who are actually enabling young people in particular to know about issues, empathize with issues and influence issues which are happening on the other side of the world.

Definitions:
fear-mongering:
scaremongering: the process of saying or doing something in order to deliberately make people feel worried or frightened, especially so that you can gain an advantage.

amnesty:
1. an official statement that allows people who have been put in prison for crimes against the state to go free;
2. a period of time during which people can admit to a crime or give up weapons without being punished.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

buy & a means to an end

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w 16:27 buy] Every new technology attracts this kind of fear, believe or not when the paperback novel became widely available, people were terrified that the young people would get lost in them and wouldn't interact with their friends and colleagues. And the same thing happened to radio and to television, and now to the digital age. These fears often I think are overblown, human beings are incredibly adaptable and resilient, and I just don't buy this fear and scare that we can not handle it.

[w a means to an end; an end in itself 16:50] No, James, it's not. The analogy doesn't work. Because the car and the book, they existed in the real world. You lived in a three dimensional world. They were a means to an end. This can be an end in itself. Not always, of course, because people like yourself and Laura, I'm sure. You know, it's a means your end, but when it's end in itself that's why I have concerns 

Definitions:
buy:
(informal) to believe that something is true, especially something that is not very likely;
...

a means to an end:
a way of getting or achieving something that you want;

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

avert & troll

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w divulge avert 15:00] So, that's nature's way of providing you with a handbrake, not to divulge devote too much, if the person, say, is folding their arms, they are looking away, they are averting their eyes .

 [w troll 16:03]And sadly we know from the behaviour of trolls, you know, there is many examples of this, people engaging in unspeakable ways of communicating, and I would like to think, it is because they don't, they've devalued concepts like hate, they don't really know what hate means, and so on, yeah.

Definitions:
avert:
1. avert your eyes, gaze, face from something: to turn your eyes, etc. away from something that you do not want to see;
2. to prevent something bad or dangerous from happening.

troll:
1. a message to a discussion group on the Internet that somebody deliberately sends to make other people angry or a person who sends a message like this;
2. a creature that looks like an ugly person;
3. to wander around a particular area or place, especially in search of a sexual partner;
4. to fish by dragging a baited line through water, of from the back of a boat moving slowly

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

inverted commas & divulge

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
 [w inverted commas 14:28] Yeah, it's been shown that for those who are using social media to have friends, in inverted commas, who they have never met. That's the big difference, if you've never met someone, then there is an increase narcissism and low self-esteem which I think any of us want.

[w divulge avert 15:00] So, that's nature's way of providing you with a handbrake, not to divulge devote too much, if the person, say, is folding their arms, they are looking away, they are averting their eyes .

Definitions:
inverted commas:
quotations marks: "_"

divulge:
to give somebody information that is supposed to be secret.

Monday, November 24, 2014

fella & narcissist

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 13:14] it is interesting that the digital got her into the real world of books more than anything else. And for the little fella, he became a little bit obsessed for a short period of time on the Ipad playing soccer games and all of a sudden, we can not get him out of the backyard.  

Nicholas: [w 14:11] Has social media made my generation of children narcissist  and is today's children the most narcissistic generation ever?

Definitions:
fella:
an informal way of referring to a man;

narcissist:
1. a person who has an extreme interest in his or her own life and problems that prevents the person from caring about other people.
2. extremely self-admiring;

narcissistic:
of the nature of narcissism;

narcissism:
the habit of admiring yourself too much, especially your appearance.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

differentiate & metaphor

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 11:25] I think that perhaps for some people that would be an issue, but I think it under-estimates that the vast majority of young people who I've met this year in my consultations are actually able to differentiate between social media and their real life. 

[w 12:17]The social, I think it is generally an overwhelming good. The fact that this program is, in a sense, a metaphor. You have people here in the audience. You've got hundreds and thousands are watching on television and then you have got those who directly interacting with twitter or email.

Definitions:
differentiate:
to recognize or show that two things are not the same.

metaphor:
a word or phrase used to describe somebody or something else, in a way that is different from its normal use, in order to show that the two things have the same qualities and to make the description more powerful.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

volatile & selfie

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 10:52] And, in fact, the British government in 2013  and every can download this, commissioned a report called Future Identities suggesting, indeed, that because of social networking our identities will coming more volatile;

 [w 11:14] I mean I've got selfies taken at different points during the day which really highlight exactly who I am at any particular moment. No, but I understand the point that you are making. Susan.

Definitions:
volatile:
changing easily from one mood to another;

selfie:
A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm's length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.

Friday, November 21, 2014

empathize & an element of

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 08:18] and I think one of the really positive things about technology that needs to be mentioned here, is that really it's able to build a movement of people who empathize with each other, even if we're not physically in front of each other.

[w 09:50]There is an element of, there is a great episode of modern family. Where they are all sitting around, around the kitchen. And they're tweeting each other, and texting each other, rather than talking to each other.

Definitions:
empathize:
to understand another person's feeling and experiences, especially because you have been in a similar situation;

an element of:
a small amount of a quality or feeling.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

beg the question & trendy

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 07:36] Again, it begs the question, like with Dominic: what do you want? what do you want, you know?  Now, if you want to be cool and trendy and connected, go right ahead, that's fine. But if what you want is to have a new idea or to digest some thoughts or to let things tick off against other boxes and so on, then it is not good, and it is not as if we have the choice. It should be both.

Definitions:
beg the question:
1. to give rise to something else that should be answered or explained;
2. to discuss a problem, issue, or fact as if it definitely exists, even though it may not exist
3. to take for granted the very point that needs to be proved, and so fail to address an issue properly

trendy:
extremely fashionable, but often silly or annoying;


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

deleterious & atrophy

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 07:24] This a peer-reviewed science paper, that multi-tasking has a deleterious effect on brain scans.​ It shows atrophy and a smaller brain region. So, it might sound good and be good to multitask. 

Definitions:
deleterious:
having a harmful and damaging effect on somebody or something.

atrophy:
the condition of losing flesh, muscle, strength, etc. in a part of the body because it does not have enough blood;

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

hyper & peer-review

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 06:50] You're embedding something, that's what thinking is,  into a bigger framework, and surely that's what knowledge is and learning, as opposed to information processing and, whilst it sounds good, to be hyper connected and to be outputting all the time. I think we should just question whether that premise is correct? 

[w 07:24] This a peer-reviewed science (period sound) paper, that multi-tasking has a deleterious effect on brain scans.

Definitions:
hyper:
behaving in an overexcited or hyperactive way;

peer-review:
Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work (peers). It constitutes a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards of quality, improve performance, and provide credibility. In academia peer review is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

quill & unambiguous

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 05:39] Do you still use a quill?  I don't know how the IPA operates?

[w 05:46] But my experience and what I observe in my peers is that technology has been an overwhelmingly positive thing in our lives and I think it is an unambiguous (unbeatable verus) positive.

Definitions:
quill:
a pen made from a quill feather;

unambiguous:
clear in meaning, that can only be understood in one way;

plasticity & glassy-eyed

Quotations
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 04:11] So, Given that, this so-called plasticity of the brain, all we must explore is how it is different. 

[w 05:30] Are you just going to be glassy-eyed?

Definitions:
plasticity:
the quality of being easily made into different shapes.

glassy-eyed:
having a dull, dazed, or uncomprehending expression; staring fixedly.

glassy:
1. showing no interest or emotion, for example because of illness or drugs;
2. having a highly smooth, slippery, and often reflective surface

Saturday, November 15, 2014

deputy & sleepwalk

Quotations:
qanda_2014_ep41
[w 00:38] the Deputy Director of the Institute Public Affairs James Patterson;

[w 02:23] So, let's take it that there's something that should be done, rather than that we're all just, you know, hopeless cases and, you know, we should just sleepwalk into something we don't want.

Definitions:
deputy:
a person who is the next most important person below a business manager, a head of a school, a political leader, etc. and who does the person's job when he or she is away.

sleepwalk:
to walk around while you are walking.

Friday, November 14, 2014

shadow & infrastructure

Quotations:
[00:35] The shadow minister for infrastructure Anthony Albanese.

Definitions:
shadow:
1. describes a member of the largest opposition party who speaks o? a particular area of policy and would hold a ministerial job if the party were in government;
...

infrastructure:
the basic systems and services that are necessary for a country or an organization to run smoothly, for example buildings, transport and water and power supplies.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

sardonyx & chrysoprase

Quotations:
Revelation 21:20
the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 

Definitions:
sardonyx:
a variety of onyx with alternating bands of light orange brown and white chalcedony;

chrysoprase:
a bright green semiprecious stone that is a variety of chalcedony;

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

boulder & chalcedony

Quotations:
Revelation 18:21
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.

Revelation 21:19
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,

Definitions:
boulder:
a very large rock which has been shaped by water or the weather;

chalcedony:
a translucent or greyish semiprecious stone that is a variety of banded quartz.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

citron & frankincense

Quotations:
Revelation 18:12
cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble;

Revelation 18:13
cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

Definitions:
citron:
a yellow fruit like a large lemon;

frankincense:
a substance is burnt to give a pleasant smell, especially during religious ceremonies;

Monday, November 10, 2014

wormwood & stadium

Quotations:
Revelation 8:11
the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

Revelation 14:20
They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

Definitions:
wormwood:
a plant with a bitter flavour, used in making alcoholic and medicines;

stadium: (plural: stadia)
1. an ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 metres (originally the length of a stadium)
2. an athletic or sports ground with tiers of seats for spectators.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

quart & tribulation

Quotations:
Revelation 6::6
Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and don't damage the oil and the vine!

Revelation 7:14
I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Definitions:
quart:
a unit for measuring liquids, equal to 2 pints or about 1.14 litres in the UK and Canada, and 0.94 of a litre in the US.

tribulation:
great trouble or suffering;

Saturday, November 8, 2014

carnelian & peal

Quotations:
Revelation 4:3
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. 

Revelation 4:5
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. There are the seven spirits of God.

Definitions:
carnelian:
a red, brown or white stone, used in jewellery;

peal:
1. a ringing of bells, especially a change or series of changes rung on bells;
2. a set of tuned bells;
3. a loud repetitive sound, e.g. of thunder or laughter
4. to ring a bell loudly and sonorously;
5. to say something loudly and sonorously

Friday, November 7, 2014

lukewarm & salve

Quotations:
Revelations 3:16
So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold -- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Revelations 3:18
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Definitions:
lukewarm:
1. not hot or cold enough to be enjoyable;
2. just slightly warm, especially when expected to be hot;
3. showing or having little enthusiasm, interest, support, or conviction;

salve:
a substance that you put on a wound or sore skin to help it heal or to protect it;


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Revelation & Hades

Quotations:
Revelation 1:18
I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. 

Definitions:
revelation:
1. a book of the Bible that includes a description of the end of the world;
2. information that is newly disclosed, especially surprising, or valuable;
...

Hades:
the place where the spirits of dead people go, according to ancient Greek stories;

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

qualm & faultfinder

Quotations:
Jude 1:12
These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm -- shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted -- twice dead.

Jude 1:16
These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Definitions:
qualm:
a feeling of doubt or worry about whether what you are doing is right.

faultfinder:
a person who habitually finds fault, complains, or objects, especially in a petty way.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

John & Jude

Quotations:
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Jude 1:8
In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings.

Definitions:
John:
a name for three books of the Bible, originally written as letters and traditionally attributed to St. John.

Jude:
a book of the Bible, originally a letter, probably written in the late 1st century , and traditionally attributed to St. Jude.

Monday, November 3, 2014

sow & deluge

Quotations:
2 Peter 2:22
Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

2 Peter 3:6
By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

Definitions:
sow:
​1. the adult female of several animals such as the bear, mink, badger, guinea pig, and hedgehog;
2. to scatter or plant seed on an area of land in order to grow crops;

deluge:
1. to fill or cover a place with water;
2. to overwhelm somebody with a large amount of something;
3. to flood or soak somebody or something with heavy rain or a sudden torrent of water;


Sunday, November 2, 2014

eyewitness & celestial

Quotations:
2 Peter 1:16
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 Peter 2:10
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;

Definitions:
eyewitness:
a person who has seen a crime, accident, etc. and can describe it afterwards.

celestial:
of the sky or of the heaven.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

meddler & nearsighted

Quotations:
1 Peter 4:15
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 

2 Peter 1:9
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Definitions:
meddler:
a person who tries to get involved in something that does not concern them.

nearsighted: (short-sighted, myopic)
1. unable to see clearly objects that are far away;
2. showing a lack of foresight or long-term planning.