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Thursday, October 20 | Reloaded: Brain science: Myths, applications, and methods for better living

Thursday, October 20 , 7:30 pm  |  Dialogue leader: Kellie Yates

Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City.
Late-comers, please use the back door. 

Last month, we were set to have Kelly come but she suffered an accident on the way to our group. We've arranged a police escort this time around to ensure her safe arrival.

While much progress has ben made in recent years regarding brain science and its application, myth and misunderstanding too often get in the way of truth.  In this discussion we will learn what has been discovered, why and how we can use neuroscience to increase understanding of ourselves and others, and other brain basics which can help maximize learning and retention.

Topics for discussion include brain biology, diet, “tricks” for remembering things, keeping the brain active, and general brain health. 

About Kellie:
(as written by husband, Walter Yates.)

Kellie learned to break the rules of learning first in kindergarten. As an otherwise exceptionally bright 5 year old she struggled to pass the reading assessment. Her hangup was following the rules the teacher had taught, sounding out every letter. This made her appear “slow” and resulted in having to re-read the same books over and over, despite desperately wanting to read new books.  Privately she was reading whole words or even groups of words but she feared breaking the teacher’s rules out loud.  One day she messed up and broke the rule, she just said the word, and was warmly congratulated- never realizing previously that was the whole point. 

Kellie's is a admitted introvert, who’s love of learning shines in her eyes as she exudes a passion for learning that is infectious to her audience. For the past decade the passion of her life is helping others discover and develop the skills to learn.

Kellie has an exceptionally fine tuned ear, and was on a musicians path in high school excelling as a cellist and singer. In college she gave up her Music Major after needing surgery on her arms.  She made up the coursework and graduated in four years with a degree in Technology and Industrial Education. 

Still a rule follower at heart, Kellie has become an expert in helping others learn. Kellie can be found presenting and meeting with Utah teachers, administrators and policy makers as she presents at conferences around the state, consults with legislators, and sits on government and nonprofit boards.

Kellie is a Trainer in the intersection of Neuroscience and Education being certified by Pat Wolfe, internationally recognized neuroscience and education researcher.  Kellie is currently employed as the STEM Liaison and Outreach Specialist for the State of Utah at the STEM Action Center where she oversees Professional Development and STEM School Designation. She LOVES animals, is witty, a cellist & music teacher, a retired record setting sudoku player, a certified Genius, can hear people’s eyelids blink, and an avid reader who read over 600 books last year according to her kindle- which doesn't count the paperbacks.

To explore: 


  1. Read David Eagleman and Oliver Sacks in the past year. Consciousness doesn't seem to fit tidily in the positivist/materialist worldview. Many neurologists now speak of consciousness as existing outside of the brain, which I find an enlightened perspective. Quantum physics has undermined many of the assumptions of the empiricists as well.


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