Extreme Mountain Camping Normal camping is for pussies. Before I Die What matters most to you Interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved and falling into depression, Chang created this experiment on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with her neighbors. The project gained global attention and thanks to passionate people around the world, over 1000 Before I Die walls have now been created in over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa. The walls are an honest mess of the longing, pain, joy, insecurity, gratitude, fear, and wonder you find in every community, and they reimagine public spaces that nurture honesty, vulnerability, trust and understanding. The Before I Die book is a celebration of these walls and the stories behind them. 2011, New Orleans, LA. Cordoba, Argentina. Najaf, Iraq. Brooklyn, NY.
Family tree of the Greek gods Key: The essential Olympians' names are given in bold font. See also List of Greek mythological figures Notes External links Media related to Family trees of Greek mythology at Wikimedia Commons Beyond Defaults: Transhuman Intelligence Beyond Defaults: Transhuman Intelligence Michael Anissimov Singularity Institute April 2004"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein A personal catchphrase of mine is: "never expect the default to be optimal!" The default situation, whether in human affairs, technological systems, or natural patterns, is always the preexisting system, which often works "satisfactorily", but only because the system itself sets our standards! We're so used to the default cluster of reference points because it's all we see. The default is the most common. In fact, don't expect anything you believe in or anything you witness to represent optimality, the best possible option. We're all only human. If we value anything at all about living, talking, thinking, or simply being, then we will care about improving the qualities that correspond to what we value, while continuing to enjoy them in the present. Qualities That Create Value
I Will Knot! 9 Human Behaviors That Still Can’t Be Explained When you were a little kid, you probably got on your parents' nerves quite a few times by responding to everything they said with the word "Why?" Most of their responses involved breaking down the way the world works or the importance of eating your vegetables until they devolved into the classic parent answer, "Because!" But if you asked your mom or dad about the following nine normal human behaviors, they genuinely wouldn't be able to answer you (and would probably make something up) because even the brightest minds in science still aren't sure why we do these things. You probably didn't realize we were all so mysterious, did you? Laughing You laugh at jokes. We hope you will never experience this sensation, but it's one of the most mysterious phenomena that happens to humans.
Hijacking Emotion Is The Key To Engaging Your Audience The default to emotion is part of the human condition. To better appreciate the role of emotion and what it allows an audience to do, we need to take a brief detour into evolutionary biology. The human brain can be understood as three separate brains working in tandem, if not completely integrated with each other. The primitive brain and the limbic brain collectively make up the limbic system, which governs emotion. When faced with a stimulus, the amygdala turns our emotions on. The amygdala is the key to understanding an audience’s emotional response, and to connecting with an audience. I have become somewhat notorious in the programs I teach at NYU for the way I start each class. Five Strategies for Audience Engagement When leaders are speaking to audiences that are under stress--even if the audience is merely tired or distracted--the leader can take the amygdala into account in determining how the content is structured and how the audience is engaged. [Image: Flickr user Howie Le]