Reading fiction helps adolescents navigate personal and emotional development during their teens, and can help to mitigate the disruptive effects of mental health throughout their entire lives.
Eco-fiction – the SuperGenre hiding in plain sight
When some of the earliest imagery created by humans depicts their interactions with their environment, it is astounding to think that Eco-fiction as a genre was identified and defined merely a few decades ago. Simply put, Eco-fiction portrays aspects of the natural environment and non-human life as an evolving entity with agency in its relationship …
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Chance and the Prepared Mind – a 21st century perspective
“…by chance you might say. But remember gentlemen, in the fields of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur, December 7th 1854. Listen... December 2022 marks the bicentennial of the discovery of the relationship between Electricity and Magnetism by Hans Christian Ørsted just a few months prior to the birth of Louis Pasteur …
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Literacy links to Wellbeing
Reading Fiction can Influence Wellbeing Literacy. A team at Melbourne University is proposing a Capability Model for Wellbeing Literacy. This model attributes an agency, intention and freedom of choice (a capability) to enhance and maintain the wellbeing of ourselves, others and the wider world, made possible by way of multimodal forms of language. The team's …
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Great Leaders Read Fiction
Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.To be …
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Reading and the Default Mode Network
Reading Fiction activates the Default Mode Network, with its positive links to eudaimonic states and wellbeing, aesthetics, social responsibility, and the self awareness that necessitates the welfare of the self in future endeavours.
Cli-Fi: Reframing Eco-Anxiety In 2020
Cli-Fi does not exist to tell children that Climate Change is real. Children already know Climate Change is real. Cli-Fi exists to tell children that Climate Change must be confronted.
Tell me the truth – Talking to Children about Climate Change
Wallaby in a logged and burnt landscape At what age do we start questioning our parents’ honesty? Research tells us that, partly because it is in our best interests to do so, we happily accept the existence of Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy until the age of eight. And what effect does it have …
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