Who was Confucius? - Bryan W. Van Norden The philosopher Karl Jaspers said that Confucius, Jesus, Socrates, and the Buddha were similar in that each was an “axial figure” in one of the world’s great philosophical or religious traditions, yet we know almost no indisputable facts about any of them. Consequently, almost everything about the life of Confucius (as with Jesus, Socrates, or the Buddha) is controversial. Most of the quotations you hear attributed to Confucius are made up. Guide to Discussion Skills Asking questions and joining in discussions are important skills for university study. In many subjects, you will receive marks for tutorial participation and part of this mark reflects how active you have been in tutorial discussions. Why have discussions at university? To understand a subject or topic area more deeply.To explore ideas and exchange information.To expand and clarify your knowledge.To improve your ability to think critically.To improve your language skills.To increase your confidence in speaking.A discussion can change your attitudes and ideas.A discussion can helps a group make a particular decision or come to a conclusion.A discussion gives you the chance to hear the thoughts and ideas of other students.
10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches In September of this year, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern presentations. The 15-minute talk can be viewed below. The title of the talk is "10 Ways to Make Better Presentations: Lessons from Storytellers." How memories form and how we lose them - Catharine Young Memory: It isn’t just something, it's everything. And although scientists have pursued and puzzled over it for centuries, a definitive explanation of the actual memory process still eludes us--partly because our brain is so incredibly complex (it is made up of approximately 90 billion cells after all!). Let’s take a look at the basic neuroanatomy elements, which makes memory possible. Brain cells, called neurons are the core component of the nervous system and have the remarkable ability to communicate with each other and transfer information. They are able to accomplish through a process called synaptic transmission. Neurons release specialized proteins called neurotransmitters that travel through the space connecting each other together called synapses, and bind to specific proteins called receptors.
Albert Mehrabian Albert Mehrabian (born 1939 in an Armenian family in Iran), currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA, has become known best by his publications on the relative importance of verbal and nonverbal messages. His findings on inconsistent messages of feelings and attitudes have been misquoted and misinterpreted throughout human communication seminars worldwide, and have also become known as the 7%-38%-55% Rule, for the relative impact of words, tone of voice, and body language when speaking. Elements of communication
5 Design Ideas to Simplify Your Layouts For layouts, the idea of ‘less is more’ is about achieving better design through simplicity. Beginners often ask: How many colors should I use in my layout? How many different typefaces should I pick? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler Want to read the Allegory of the Cave in its complete format? Go to this site and get started. To better understand the allegory’s larger context, try reading the rest of The Republic by Plato and these classic lectures. Then, check out this modern scientific interpretation of what it tells us about human knowledge. Want to see two different visual representations of this allegory?
Voice Over Sample Scripts (NOTE: If you're an agency or producer needing copywriting assistance, see our notes on writing voice over copy.) Voice over artists need scripts for practice and demonstration. How many voice over scripts are out there? Well, let's see... There are 39,000 advertising agencies in the United States alone. Including other marketing companies, that number becomes 117,000.
Bring Your Presentations Into the 21st Century By Stephen Lake - Co-Founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs, the company behind the Myo Gesture Control Armband. We live in a presentations golden age. TED, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk… The most recognizable names in the modern West are famous for sharing ideas. It’s finally cool to be smart.