Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. Pico Iyer: When I was in my twenties, I had this wonderful 25th-floor office in midtown Manhattan, in Rockefeller Center — and I had a really exhilarating life, I thought, writing on world affairs for Time magazine. And so I left all that behind. Matthieu, in 1972 you were a molecular geneticist in France. Matthieu Ricard: I had a fantastic adolescence. So I retired when I was 26, and I’ve done my post-doc in the Himalayas for 45 years. PI: Yes.
Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each By Maria Popova From the fine folks at the Open University comes 60-Second Adventures in Thought, a fascinating and delightfully animated series exploring six famous thought experiments. The Paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles comes from Ancient Greece and explores motion as an illusion: The Grandfather Paradox grapples with time travel: Chinese Room comes from the work of John Searle, originally published in 1980, and deals with artificial intelligence: Hilbert’s paradox of the Grand Hotel, proposed by German mathematician David Hilbert, tackles the gargantuan issue of infinity: The Twin Paradox, first explained by Paul Langevin in 1911, examines special relativity: Schrödinger’s Cat, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, is a quantum mechanics mind-bender: For more such fascination and cognitive calisthenics, you won’t go wrong with Peg Tittle’s What If….Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy . via Open Culture
The 300 Hours Spent Making “Patience & Discipline” Squeezed Into A Video A few months ago, I shared with you the artwork “Patience & Discipline”, an illustration that took Rémy Boiré and I 300 hours to complete. As we had a great feedback from it, we decided to share the making video of this piece, to show how we mixed my stippling technique with his linework in a single piece. Our friend Bastien Rossi filmed us and directed the creation of the video. Here are a few facts about the illustration: • 56×76 cm sheet (22×30″) • 300 hours of work • Millions of handmade dots & lines I hope you’ll like it :) More info: Xavier’s Facebook | Remy’s Facebook
Non-Fiction Writing General Non-Fiction Ideas / Resources: Activity Clues - A fun writing task which requires children to think of clues related to particular activities. Write to Santa! - Send a letter to Santa at Christmas, and receive a reply too! Describing Yourself - A game, useful for the beginning of term, which helps you and the children get to know each other. Persuasive Writing / Adverts: Persuasive Words and Phrases - A selection of words and phrases which children can use within their own persuasive writing. Discussion: Discursive Writing - A discursive text (in PDF) with a framework. Explanations: Postcards - A fantastic way for the children to tell you about their holidays, encouraging independent writing without intimidating them.
Love who you are « A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief Have you noticed how easy it is to wish away your chief personality features? Do you think to yourself, “I’m the wrong personality for my temperament”? You might wish for a clean, orderly home in your heart, but your personality style is relaxed Bohemian. Or you are the sort who keeps a ship-shape house, but wish you could relax when your kids make big creative messes. Layered on top of the structured versus unstructured selves we bring to homeschool are our memories of school. The temptation to overhaul our essential selves is powerful. We hop from one program to the next like frogs on lily pads forgetting to consider which personality is implementing the philosophy! Let me let you in on a little secret. There’s no one personality type that is better for homeschooling than another. Let me drill down further. There’s no one personality type that is better for parenting, loving, nurturing than another. It isn’t always better to have a messy or a neat house. “Where did you put my art project?”
How to give a persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobulated that you skip over major points? Will the audience be receptive to your ideas, or will you notice a guy in row three nodding off to sleep? Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations. The author of Slide:ology and Resonate, Duarte has just released a new book through the Harvard Business Review: The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. The TED Blog talked with Duarte in her California office about what makes a killer presentation, as well as about how giving her own TED Talk shaped her thoughts on presenting. What would you say are the three keys to giving a great presentation? The number one thing, I think, is to be audience-centric. I learned so much.
197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED : How to beat loneliness Loneliness is a subjective feeling. You may be surrounded by other people, friends, family, workmates — yet still feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. Other people are not guaranteed to shield us against the raw emotional pain that loneliness inflicts. But raw emotional pain is only the beginning of the damage loneliness can cause. It has a huge impact on our physical health as well. Emerging from loneliness is far more challenging than we realize. There are many paths to loneliness. Unfortunately, emerging from loneliness is far more challenging than we realize, as the psychological wounds it inflicts create a trap from which it is difficult to break free. These distorted perceptions have a huge ripple effect, creating self-fulfilling prophecies that ensnare many. Distorted perceptions have a huge ripple effect, creating self-fulfilling prophecies that ensnare many. Take action Give the benefit of the doubt Approach with positivity
Free Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus | Online Dictionary | Associated Words | Synonyms Dictionary at SnappyWords.com My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences. | Gretchen Rubin Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: My new book about habit-formation, handily distilled into 21 sentences. As I may have mentioned, I’m working on Better Than Before, a book about how we can change our habits. It’s at the copy-editing stage now, so it’s really nearing completion — both thrilling and slightly terrifying. (If you want to know when Better Than Before goes on sale, sign up here.) In each chapter, I identify a strategy we can use to make and break habits. I was thinking of Lytton Strachey’s observation, “Perhaps the best test of a man’s intelligence is his capacity for making a summary.” You may think, “Twenty-one strategies! Many experts suggest one-size-fits-all solutions for habit change — and boy, it would be great if there were one magical answer that helped everyone. In fact, that’s why the first two Strategies relate to Self-Knowledge… Self-Knowledge Pillars of Habits Scheduling: If it’s on the calendar, it happens. The Best Time to Begin
The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson. Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis. Really interested in mathematics? Turbulence, unlike painting, is mostly a time-dependent phenomenon, and after some time, breaks statistical self-similarity that Kolmogorov predicted in the 1960s. In fluid mechanics, since we can't often solve the equation for flow patterns, we develop a system of scaling between the physical properties. There are a few articles that outline patterns of turbulence in Van Gogh’s Starry Night. AcknowledgementsNatalya St.