#KindnessMatters

UNESCO MGIEP has initiated an International Youth Campaign on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of this Campaign is to mobilize the world’s youth to achieve the 17 SDGs through transformative acts of kindness. People from all over the world are sharing their acts of kindness. UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for […]

The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

Stored away in the rare-book library at Yale University is a late-medieval manuscript written in a cramped but punctilious script and illustrated with lively line drawings that have been painted over, at times crudely, with washes of color. These illustrations range from the fanciful (legions of heavy-headed flowers that bear no relation to any earthly […]

Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Currently reading this book….and is not an easy book at all 😉 Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction. Central to this […]

Parerga and Paralipomena

“Philosophy is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically, or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer – Parerga and Paralipomena Insomnia, sometimes, makes me think at some books I’ve read, also brings back some Mozart sound-waves….especially […]

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by: Robert Cialdini

Everything Dale Carnegie accomplished regarding individual influence, Robert Cialdini has equally achieved on the topic of mass influence. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion offers an exceptional scientific look into the realm of persuasion backed by substantial logic and examples. Based on the premise of society’s need for quick solutions for analyzing an abundance of issues […]

The Idiot

I am currently reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot.” This a rich and complex novel giving us insights into Russian life before the revolution of 1917. The character of “the idiot” is not stupid or unrefined. Rather he is the last prince of his dynasty who as a youth had “fits” and “spells.” The reality is […]

Photography

Atlantic Puffin From 2017 Audubon Photography Awards, one of 21 photos. Great bird photography: Winners and runners-up from the 8th annual competition. Atlantic puffins have penguin-like coloring but they sport a colorful beak that has led some to dub them the “sea parrot.” The beak fades to a drab gray during the winter and blooms […]

Your brain is a time machine

Your Brain Is a Time Machine From neuroscience to language, from entropy to the Einstein’s Special Relativity, this book draws us into a myriad of concepts we encounter in our everyday lives and elegantly weaves neuroscience and modern physics together, drawing similarities between these fundamentally contrasting disciplines. The perception of time touches every aspect of […]