science & neurology: neocortex and hybrid thinking | ESL & ELT activities | speaking, vocabulary, listening & writing

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become.

Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

ESL & ELT activities

1- speaking | topic for discussion | neocortex & evolution

2- vocabulary | use a monolingual dictionary if necessary | prepare definitions in English, using your own words of the following terms:

mammals – evolution – neocortex – science – neurology – behaviour – inter neural connections – hierarchies – species – bunch – capital “A” – sublime – culture – technology – the cloud – drive – ecological niche – hybrid

3- listening skills | watch the video and take notes

4- writing skills | video review & summary | write about the video, speaker, topic, genre, duration, and summarize its contents



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