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SUPER-ORGANISM INTELLIGENCE & RE-CLAIMING YOUR PURPOSE



   
What seems to be emerging in our understanding of the nature of intelligence is that it is related to collective networks of ‘nodes’ that share information, more than a single cell or node.
   
Here’s a perspective I also see emerging from this more advanced understanding: the human species is like a super-organism of nodes (or cells). Humans are in some ways a network of neurons on the planet. Each unique perspective adds intelligence to the network. The more nodes that are included and connected, the more intelligent the human super-organism becomes. An organism that can adapt to its surroundings and create ways for it to sustain itself is another feature of intelligence.
   
When the human super-organism excludes communication from certain nodes, it dumbs down its own intelligence, making it less able to figure out solutions to its challenges. Fewer nodes, means less data, which makes the system less able to predict future outcomes and find ways to avoid scenarios that will lead to its own death or impairment. *
   
*this mechanism is also why social media needs us addicted to its platforms
   
What leads to dynamic intelligence that can continuously adapt to ever-changing events and information?
   
As many nodes as possible within that system contributing to the collective perspective. When nodes are excluded, this impairs the system’s ability to predict and shift when needed. We can see this in healthy versus less healthy brain functioning as well. A healthy brain has a rich diversity of communication across multiple regions. In issues like depression, anxiety, obsessive rumination, we see a lack of communication, or sometimes 'hyper-coherence' of certain networks:
   
Hyper-coherence is when certain networks are almost ‘locked into’ a rigid form of repetitive, hyper-active communication, to the detriment of the brain's overall functioning.
   
Hypo-coherence describes not enough information traveling among certain circuits. What can improve this type of hyper- or hypo- connectivity? Sharing of information that transcends a specific node or circuit.
   
I believe that when we are using our own experiences to be of service to someone else, we are sharing information in ways that transcend our 'individual self-networks’ (which tend to be hyper-coherent')
   

This is the essence of ‘self-transcendent purpose’ - something I think helps people discover a feeling of meaning in their life (and adds to the collective intelligence of the human super-organism network).
   
I'll be covering these topics (and many more!) in upcoming articles and podcast episodes

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- Zack Jesse, Youtube subscriber

Your explanations and drawings are so simple and easy to understand--which is a very effective teaching style for me. I also love how everything is backed up by science :) Please never delete these videos or your channel, your content is gold!!
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2018-01-26T17:29:47-06:00

Jenna De Bruin, Chicago IL

"I learned how to infuse lessons with conversations about emotion, vulnerability and failure. Stefanie knows what she is talking about – and backed it all up with evidence."

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2018-12-30T21:03:41-06:00

-teacher, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline

"I loved getting strategies on how to implement growth mindset information in our own classrooms.  I now know how to teach my students about the importance of risk-taking and how we learn more as we make mistakes. Stefanie is a captivating speaker." 
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2018-01-26T17:42:09-06:00

Evelyn McGhee, Education Innovator, Chicago IL

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- Kimberly, Podcast Subscriber

"I love this podcast! I use it professionally as an instructional coach and have sound that the information is very helpful when working with teachers and supporting their practices with students. I also use the concepts provided here (and on the YouTube Channel) to support my work as a professional development facilitator. Last, this podcast has proven surprisingly valuable in my personal life as I seek to self-regulate and become more aware of what is happening with feelings vs. emotions. Absolutely one of the best finds in terms of clear, accessible content." 
"One of the best Professional Development sessions I've attended in my 5 years at CCC."

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2018-01-26T17:43:35-06:00

Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor -Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

"One of the best Professional Development sessions I've attended in my 5 years at CCC."
Your articles motivate not only my students, but also me. I have just started to prepare for the GRE after getting inspiration from your articles and videos.

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2019-01-01T16:42:41-06:00

Gunel Bakhshaliyeva, Azerbaijan

Your articles motivate not only my students, but also me. I have just started to prepare for the GRE after getting inspiration from your articles and videos.
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2018-01-26T17:45:10-06:00

- Michele, leading edge public school teacher, Kansas City MO

"Fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training [...]  I benefited more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multiday educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks."
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"Hello Stefanie, I just wish to say a huge "Thank you" for your video and knowledge. I have watched this every week and it has pushed me to code and develop my first computer game. If it wasn't for your advice, I may have not have had the belief that I could use a Growth Mindset to my advantage. Thank you again." - Drystone Dev
 
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