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January 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM

On the agenda: Free early learning event, school funding forum

Two upcoming events:

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Tom Ahearne, attorney for the consortium that filed the landmark McCleary school-funding case will speak at a meeting sponsored by the Seattle Council  Parent, Teacher and Student Associations, the League of Women Voters and the Seattle Education Association. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Public School headquarters, 2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle.

Along with Ahearne, the event will also feature speakers who will talk about options for new revenue for schools, and the Council will talk about how its members can advocate for more education funding.

The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP at:

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, nearly 300 King County  elected officials, educators and representatives of  agencies, organizations, businesses, and parent advocacy and faith-based groups will meet to talk about how they can work together to make early learning a county-wide priority.


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August 1, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Myth that we use only 10 percent of brain is 100 percent bunk


Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson in “Lucy” / (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Science journalists are throwing a wet blanket on the premise of the new movie, “Lucy” — that we humans only use 10 percent of our brains, leaving vast expanses of cortex untapped.

The movie features Scarlett Johansson in the title role as an American student abroad who develops extraordinary powers by unleashing the potential of all that unused neural territory.

The 10-percent notion is one of those zombie ideas about the brain that refuse to die.

The short answer is that we already use all of our brain, which makes sense because while it comprises about 2 percent of body mass, the brain gobbles up 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 20 percent of the energy we consume. That would be a big fuel bill for an organ that was 90 percent idle.


Comments | Topics: Neuroscience and education, Science of learning