Brighter Brains

we promote humanism in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Nepal


Navigating the System: Oakland

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


Looking for a school in Oakland? Let us help by giving you the inside scoop.

By Hank Pellissier

Gertrude Stein’s statement “there’s no there there” describes Oakland’s sprawling, decentralized, and paradoxical environment — there are many lakes, hills, flatlands, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, with contrasting areas of luxurious wealth and… Continue Reading

The Finnish Miracle

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


No shoes but plenty of service: The surprising features of the world’s top-performing schools.

By Hank Pellissier

Can you name a famous person in Finland? Historical episode? Imposing landmark? Foodstuff? It’s not that Finland doesn’t have its share of Olympic athletes, brilliant architects, and technology moguls, but “Nokia” is all… Continue Reading

Brain Scans are Revealing the Neuro-anatomy of Intelligence

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


by Hank Pellissier

Where in the brain is intelligence? Why, anatomically, are some individuals “smarter” than others? What does a wise brain look like? Dr. Richard J. Haier of the University of California at Irvine has been using neuro-imaging technology for over two decades in his search to… Continue Reading

Stress and Your Child’s Brain

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


By Hank Pellissier

New research suggests that children are affected by stress in surprising ways.

Stress! Bad for the body! Bad for the brain! We’ve seen the articles, watched the 11 o’clock news reports on the “silent killer,” and complained to friends and family about how… Continue Reading

Meditation offers 20 Amazing Benefits - from Neurogenesis to Weight Loss

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013 | By:


by David Kekich

Meditation doesn’t just have to be for eastern mystics. Millions of Americans practice it, because its health benefits have been proven in many different studies. It’s not an escape, as some think. Meditation is a proactive practice that can enhance your life. It’s the equivalent of giving… Continue Reading

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