Category Archives: Thinking and The Mind

Knowledge for Aristotle & Plato

It might be useful to look at how these two great (somehow contradicting sometimes) philosophers approached the concept of knowledge and knowing. Let’s start with the sooner – Aristotle. Aristotle describes three approaches to knowledge. In Greek, the three are … Continue reading

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Fewer in Rich Countries say ‘Today is a Good Day’ – US an exception

Very interesting poll by pew reveals that less and less people in the rich world say ‘Today is a Good Day’ … There seems to be an inverse relationship between ‘GDP per Capita’ (National) and the number of people who … Continue reading

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Brain Waves, Meditation, and Binaural Beats – An exploration

What Do We Mean When We Say “Brain Waves” ? The Brain is made of billions of brain cells called neurons. Neurons are interconnected and communicate with each other by sending electro-chemical signals. When large numbers of neurons send signals … Continue reading

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The Sleep Reader : Sleep , Insights , Knowledge , and the Mind

How much sleeps should we get each day? How is sleep regulated, and what good exactly is it to our mind and learning? What are sleep “best-practices” ?   This article assembles inputs and blurbs from different places to try … Continue reading

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On the road to Emotional Intelligence : The Emotions Map and other things ..

  Emanuel Derman (here) draws a nice similarity between how Spinoza in his ‘Ethics’ approached human emotion as Euclid approached geometry : Defining three Primitives and ( Pain (sorrow) , Pleasure  (joy) , and Desire ) and then proceeded to … Continue reading

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Paradoxes … Interesting Mental Sports

Paradoxes are interesting logical structures which might look as true but are internally contradicting.. They are many times ‘invalid’ (logically) , but are very helpful in promoting critical thinking … They are very interesting in literature and philosophy, and a … Continue reading

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Interesting ( .. maybe ?) Facts on distances / size of things : Some Perspective – II

What is the Size of: Here is a nice list of the size/length (diameter) of some things in the universe (in meters) : The Size of a proton or a neutron can reach 10-12 meters in length The Size of  … Continue reading

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Left Brain & Right Brain : Good Advertising

Came across this ad (by Mercedes Benz) … Although it is a bit too “linear” in terms of the separation of the functions of the left brain and right brain , it is is visually very creative and beautiful … … Continue reading

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Brunelleschi : The Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence) — Creativity and Innovation

  Brunelleschi and the Dome ! There are many interesting things about Brunelleschi’s genius and the architecture and beauty of this amazing structure. One of three important landmarks in ‘Dome’ building : The Roman Pantheon, Haigia Sofia, and the Dome … Continue reading

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KWEST : The Mind’s Adventure

      How far can you go ?  Can you rebuild the Tower of Wisdom? Uncover the hidden quests and solve the mysteries behind them? Train, Challenge, and Learn as you go on this adventure of the mind in … Continue reading

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Obliquity by John Kay – Book Review

This book discusses how it is impossible sometimes to pursue our goals directly, where oblique (indirect) paths yield better results.   The writer basically validates this by examples from three fields. The happiest people aren’t those who pursue happiness, the … Continue reading

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Upside-Down Thinking: Interesting Examples

These Examples of Upside-Down Thinking are adapted from ‘The Age of Unreason’ by Charles Handy. Upside-Down Thinking wonders what magic it is that determines that forty hours spread over five days should be the working week for most people.. Why … Continue reading

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On Multitasking: Can you Multitask ?

Think-Grow: Multitasking is a huge discussion now… How beneficial is it ? Can it really deliver considerable benefits? a short article on HBR blogs discusses a negative point of view on multitasking and how it can actually reduce personal effectiveness. … Continue reading

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Music, The Brain, and Mental health… from childhood to old age

The relationship between the music, our brain, and mental health in the different stages of our life is most interesting. It touches on a number of subjects related to left brain vs right brain development, the role of language, and … Continue reading

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On Motivating People ( From Jim Collins’ Book: Good to Great )

“Spending Time and Energy trying to ‘motivate’ people is  a waste of effort. The real question is not ‘how do we motivate our people’. If you have the right people they will be self-motivated. The Key is to not de-motivate … Continue reading

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Theory

“every theory makes a bargain with reality” M. Sahlins “Every theory trades certain kinds of knowledge at the expense of other kinds of knowledge. to put it more forcefully, every knowledge comes at the expense of a certain kind of … Continue reading

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Uncertainty

Bertrand Russel Said: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Interesting …. “Clarity”, too much of it, means lack of wisdom ? Is … Continue reading

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