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vocabulary review #2

Mar. 31st, 2006 | 04:02 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

  • dip
  • glum
  • brutality
  • peculiarities
  • permeating
  • glitz
  • swig
  • turmoil
  • swindled
  • hypothermia
  • hyperinflation
  • cavity
  • inadvertently
  • frigid
  • perils
  • drug-addled
  • fetid
  • gangs
  • infer
  • filthy
  • conspicuous
  • legion
  • blights
  • formidable
  • vast
  • balk
  • remittances
  • aspirations
  • "in league with"
  • alleged
  • fruitless
  • unremunerated

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vocabulary review

Mar. 31st, 2006 | 03:58 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

Here's a vocabulary review from "The Origins of Life".  See below for the answers / definitions.

  • "waxed eloquent"
  • milestones
  • lauded
  • languishes
  • primitive
  • unregarded
  • mimicking
  • ancestor
  • favoured
  • ubiquity
  • catalysts
  • tightening up
  • permutations
  • brainchild
  • emergence
  • near-insuperable
  • template
  • protruding
  • replicate
  • membrane
  • plausible
  • bombarded
  • debris
  • "nooks and crannies"
  • asteroids

    see inside for the definitions / answersCollapse )

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Questions for "Introduction: Darwin and Us"

Mar. 28th, 2006 | 01:19 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

The reading "Introduction: Darwin and Us" was taken from the book The Moral Animal by Robert Wright.

Here are some questions on the reading. The answers to the 8 questions occur sequentially through the introduction -- Question #1 is found on page 4, Question #2 on pages 5-6, Question #3 pages 5-7, and so on.

Question #2 is by far the most difficult. You may want to complete all the other questions first, then return to it.

1.Whose "ideas have radically deepened the insight of evolutionary biologists into the social behaviors of animals, including us?"   (Last names only!)

2. In your own words:  "The new Darwinian social scientists" are fighting what idea? What is it, that most people believe, that makes evolutionary psychology difficult to accept?  (pages 5-7)

3. Find at least five examples of human behaviors which evolutionary psychology might explain, examine, or provide insight into. (pages 5-7)


4. In your own words: "A guiding assumption of many evolutionary psychologists" is that the greatest differences between people... (p.9, line 8)

5. What did Samuel Smiles believe about human nature? Again, in your own words...  (p. 11, last line, and p. 12, first paragraph.)

6. If we identify just one idea that John Stuart Mill was opposed to, what would it be?  (p.12)

7. One aspect of sociobiology that gets emphasized a lot is the biological basis for _____________________ . (p. 13)

8. Does the author feel that evolutionary psychology supportsright-wing politics? What political implications does the author find in evolutionary psychology?  (p. 13)

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The Tse-Tse Dilemma

Mar. 27th, 2006 | 01:05 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english



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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Mar. 27th, 2006 | 01:02 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

A fun poem for everyone... Enjoy. Seriously, it's awesome. :-)

Important note: The author created some of the words in this poem -- they are not real English words! You will not find them in a dictionary! Here they are:
  • Wump
  • Ying
  • Zans
  • Gox
  • Nook
  • Yink
  • Yop
  • Zed

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish... by Dr. SeussCollapse )

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Summary of "Origin of Life" article

Mar. 24th, 2006 | 06:03 pm
posted by: kuporros in kirezov_english

Hi, Kirez.
That is the summary we did last lesson.

1. The scientists have a lot of a different hypotheses about the origin of life.
2. In the past the scientists considered that the origin of life was within grasp
3. The origin question is really 3 sub-questions:
- where did the raw materials for life come from
- how did these materials assemble to the first alive object
- how the alive objects could have survived under severe Earth conditions
4. There are 3 hypotheses of the origin of the raw materials - above, beyond below
5. The above theory states that the raw materials were formed in the atmosphere. But later it has fallen out favor because the early terrestrial atmosphere was rich in carbon dioxide as on Venus and Mars but not like Jupiter's atmosphere.
6. The beyond theory claims that the r.m. were formed in space. The weakness of this theory is that the chemicals found in space couldn't be used as building blocks for life.
7. The preferred theory at the moment is the below theory that considers that the r.m. were built up in the hydrothermal vents in a deep ocean.
8. There is no clear answer how exactly the r.m. assemble into the first alive object.
9. The RNA could have been the first genetic material and not DNA as it was considered before.
10. The scientists are discussing the different roles of the RNA: the catalyst in the reaction, the messenger for DNA, the carrier of amino acids.
11. There are several ideas what was the catalyst in the RNA origin - clay, iron or nickel sulphides.
12. The new model of the assembling of live objects states that the proteins and RNA might catalyze each other's production.
13. The biggest irony is that the conditions considered to be unsuperable may actually have enabled the live to come about.

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the horrors of being in a small town

Mar. 16th, 2006 | 02:17 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

This reminds me I need to bring more fun stuff to classes... you all might appreciate some young, fun, informal stuff.

A comic...Collapse )

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Books about business success

Mar. 14th, 2006 | 11:51 pm
mood: tiredtired
music: Zvuki Moo
posted by: alex_researcher in kirezov_english

Hi Kirez

This is the list of books about business success. Would you add anything?

Henry Ford "My Life and Work"
Og Mandino "The Greatest Salesman in the World"
Philip Kotler "Marketing Management: Analysis, Planning, Implementation, and Control"
George Soros "The Alchemy of Finance"
"Warren Baffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor"
Bill Gates "Business @ the Speed of Thought"
Robert T. Kiyosaki "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"
Lee Iacocca "An Autobiography"
Napoleon Hill "Think and Grow Rich"

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vocabulary from "Origin of Life" article from The Economist

Mar. 13th, 2006 | 05:48 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

photo of whiteboard showing my list of vocabulary words from the Origin of Life articleCollapse )

The links can be very helpful. :-)

"waxed eloquent"
"top up"

"fetcher and carrier"

"the hostile arena"
"nooks and crannies"

Words that are the same in Russian: asteroids, permutations, membrane, catalysts... primitive?

fetcher and carrier -- Here, the article is talking about the functions of RNA. It would "fetch," which means "retrieve" -- like a dog running and biting a stick and bringing it back to you, and "carry" it.

Similarly they speak of RNA being a "hewer of wood and drawer of water for the DNA genius..." -- RNA was seen as doing very simple molecular tasks of cutting material (for burning) and collecting water for use by the cell, while DNA did the really 'intelligent' work of planning and design.

Any notes, questions, or would you like to add to or edit this entry?

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Learning Curve & Plateau

Mar. 13th, 2006 | 05:24 pm
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

For my MMD students, from Friday morning, 10 March 2006,

image of the 'plateau' and 'learning curve' questions as I wrote them on the board, plus the graphs I drewCollapse )

Homework is a writing exercise. First, answer the question about plateau, and the question, "As a metaphor for an individual's learning, what does 'plateau' mean?"

Wikipedia on 'Plateau'

Dictionary.com entry on 'plateau'

Dictionary.com on 'learning curve'


A good page at Sun on 'Learning Curve'

excellent Wikipedia article on 'learning curve' effect


The Question

What is the most accurate shape for the learning curve for English?

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