Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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This video is really interesting for two reasons: first, it’s a hand-drawn animation that evolves in front of your eyes, and second, I think it explains why scientists like to write blogs for the public about science — for free! Adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, this fascinating video illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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  1. #1 Lab Rat
    July 16, 2010

    Wow…that was spectacular! Maybe that is why they pay science graduates so little… to stop them loosing motivation :p

    Seriously though that looks like some very interesting research for business models.

  2. #2 Eric
    July 17, 2010

    The first time watching this the animation was distracting. I looked away and just listened. The second time watching this the animation was helpful.

  3. #3 Eric
    July 17, 2010

    However I still REALLY enjoyed this information.

  4. #4 moi
    July 18, 2010

    awsome I’m still in highschool and I wish there’d be video like this to every kind of subject (biology:photosynthesis,dna replication..)

    the animation is a bit distracting in the first couple of minutes but then you start enjoying it..

    keep it up

  5. #5 Aly
    July 18, 2010

    This is replicating basic Self-Perception research from the ’60s and ’70s. Congrats, economists, you’re now only 40 years behind psychologists.

  6. #6 Lauren
    July 18, 2010

    Kudos to Aly for that comment. I couldn’t agree more

  7. #7 swan
    July 22, 2010

    So what is the implication for grades (in middle and high school especially)? Especially for students who have intrinsic motivation, sometimes grades are de-motivating, especially when you don’t have to work to get an A. Frequently, once you get the A, you stop learning.

    What could be done instead?

    I taught high school for 3 years, and when I first started, I asked around for guidance on what grades should mean, how should I assign grades, and some teachers just kind of looked at me not understanding the question. The general feeling seemed to be that grades were pretty arbitrary, and idiosyncratic according to the teacher and subject. But, I was also told in no uncertain terms that I could not allow more than a certain percentage of kids to get a failing grade.

    Nobody told me that grades should reflect learning or mastery.

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