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I used to think that to become free you had to practice like a samurai warrior, but now I understand that you have to practice like a devoted mother of a newborn child. It takes the same energy but has a completely different quality. It’s compassion and presence rather than having to defeat the enemy in battle.

This makes so much more sense to me than the warrior imagery!

Jack Kornfield (Tricycle Daily Dharma)

Freestylers enter a “flow” state, which researchers described as a “complete immersion in creative activity, typified by focused self-motivation, positive emotional valence and loss of self-consciousness.” Their creative gate is wide open.

“It’s the absence of attention,” said [researchers]. “When the attention system is partially offline, you can just let things fly and let things come without critiquing, monitoring or judging them.” “It’s almost like you’re able to think faster. … You’re able to incorporate multiple perspectives without thinking about it.”

Neuroscientists study freestyle rap to better understand how creativity works, with findings echoing the principles of this 1939 “technique for producing ideas” (via explore-blog)
dglsplsblg:

The Emotional Guidance Scale

dglsplsblg:

The Emotional Guidance Scale

WTF?

approachingsignificance:

The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery
In modern Manhattan, the pursuit of beauty has led some women to surgically shorten their toes and secure them with metal pins to fit more easily into three-inch Jimmy Choo stiletto heels (Kristina Widmer’s foot, post-surgery).
Photo credit: (Zed Nelson / Institute)

WTF?

approachingsignificance:

The Distressing Worldwide Boom in Cosmetic Surgery

In modern Manhattan, the pursuit of beauty has led some women to surgically shorten their toes and secure them with metal pins to fit more easily into three-inch Jimmy Choo stiletto heels (Kristina Widmer’s foot, post-surgery).


Photo credit: 
(Zed Nelson / Institute)

shortformblog:

Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in amazing interactive piece, “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

shortformblog:

Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in amazing interactive piece, “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

As if there was any doubt that Carlin was a genius.  My girls’ schools are big into an anti-bullying campaign.  Wander around at any middle school or junior high and you can see Carlin’s thesis in action.  
ikenbot:

George Carlin

As if there was any doubt that Carlin was a genius.  My girls’ schools are big into an anti-bullying campaign.  Wander around at any middle school or junior high and you can see Carlin’s thesis in action.  

ikenbot:

George Carlin

getting-clearer-every-day:

It took me a while to work through this.  It’s really interesting - and and not a bad thing to ponder over this rainy, Nor’easter, Hurricane Sandy day.

getting-clearer-every-day:

It took me a while to work through this.  It’s really interesting - and and not a bad thing to ponder over this rainy, Nor’easter, Hurricane Sandy day.

I’d love to have the data and work on some additional analysis.

Sweet - on so many levels.  Great use of media to add emotional content to the information, relevancy, thought provoking.  This would make a great lead in to a Socratic Seminar on lots of topics from basic social studies in elementary school to the more detailed curriculum of early American history in middle school and high school.  Also in other courses … psychology, sociology, communications, graphic design, educational technology.   Love, love TED!

explore-blog:

The story of the American constitution, animated. Narrator Judy Walton makes an important point about the delegates’ decision to keep the discussion secret in order to encourage an honest debate – something that would hardly be possible in today’s tweetable culture.

Wow!

staceythinx:

Illustrator Florian Nicolle breaks down break dancing.