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Bettina Ascaino
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Death of Writer's Block 2:15: Paying Attention to Your Attention

For the last episode of iteration 2 of #DOWB ,  we look at directing attention to our 4 cognitive functions.  This is the first step in developing the self-awareness that is vital to focusing your energy and finding your way into block-free flow.   

What are you waiting for?  *JUMP!* (

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Very welcome, +Mani Scienide :)
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LmaO  #musica  &  #action  
I really don't think I could handle a weekend this exciting.  I'm getting old.  lol

Semi NSFW.  No nudity, but oh the motions are HILARIOUS.  
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That was a bit weird....
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Earlier today, scientists announced they'd discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn't just painfully wrong -- it's bad for science.
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 Here is John's original post: 

I'd love your opinions if you get the chance to read the article or/and watch the video/comments on original post.

+Jeffrey Anthony 
+Jacob Zolt and anyone else who is interested :)
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I found it informative.
But living in California and so close to the delta, I have a hard time respecting the message from people living in or near San Francisco (or the farmers in the central valley or folks in SoCal) that says we all should "conserve" water.
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Thanks, +Mark Bruce 
Videos to Add to Watch Later.

1. Connections I-The Trigger Effect (High Quality), with James Burke.
Originally found after listening to James interview on a You Are Not So Smart podcast I was pleasantly surprised that I watched the whole 50 minutes of the show and look forward to watching others in the series. This episode concerns our complete and utter dependence on society and the risks that entails; also the phenomenon of how thoroughly we take the our nurturing envelope of technology for granted. The conclusions are interesting but unsurprisingly I think more technology, not less is the answer. Really interesting insights into historical developments of technology and how they reach down through time to influence us now. Dated but somehow still relevant. 

2. How do psychedelic drugs work on the brain? with Robin Carhart-Harris.
Really interesting scientific-style presentation on psychedelic drugs, their history, and their effects on the brain; discussion of psilocybin and DMT among others. Studies with fMRI and effects on consciousness, receptor targets, the concept of self, oneness, and other neural networks that are affected by such substances and the benefits of such. Makes me want to try some psilocybin in order to explore altered states of consciousness. 

3. TEDxBoulder - Thad Roberts - Visualizing Eleven Dimensions via TEDx.
I've watched this one a couple of times now; proposing a unified model of the Universe based on 11 dimensions, quantised spacetime, gravity via concentration gradients (always how I've imagined it) rather than "curved spacetime", and the possibility to solve many existing mysteries and weave together many different observations and phenomena. 

#technology   #consciousness   #physics  
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I've caught the 3rd before and found it interesting, need to watch the other 2.  
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Circulation  by Minjae Lee

Minjae Lee a.k.a. greno89 is a graphic artist who currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. His portrait works are filled with powerful colors, aggressive scenes and a clever blend of beauty, innocence and fragility.

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#art   #portrait   #graphicartist   #thinking  
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Everything in her mind is coming out.
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Via +Meirav M. :)

... it should help "put to rest the facile claims that artists use 'the right side of their brain' given that increased grey and white matter were found in the art group in both left and right structures of the brain".
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My favorite writer has died. I remember reading One Hundred Years of Solitude in a state of wonderment. It was pure joy to read one of his sentences, some of which marched on defiantly for pages. Marquez's exuberance of expression, his refusal to bow to any of the many rules so many would impose on writers - be brief, pare down, trim, don't decorate, embellish, be clear, make it easy, keep your characters to a minimum - felt like being let out of prison. Like flying. I could taste his words. Smell them. Feel them. Hear them. See the pictures they painted, the characters he described.

I thought, 'This is writing. It is cooking, painting, composing, gardening, architecting, weaving and sculpting all at once. It is the Big Bang. Except that you don't have to wait millions of years for the light you reach you. It is immediate. Visceral. Delicious. Unforgettable.

But it was Marquez's books about love that had the biggest impact on me. Love in the Time of Cholera, a story about an aging man's lifelong love for a woman who had rejected him when he was young, told of a kind of love rarely read (or written) about anymore. Romantic. Sentimental, oozing with joy, sorrow, pain...with, well, love!

And Memories of My Melancholy Whores, about another old man's late life yearnings, peeled away the sorrows, joys, pleasures and sadnesses of aging - the skin and body crumbling, but desire and imagination living until one's last breadth.

Marquez was called a Magic Realist. Yes. Like life. Real. And magical. It is not possible to write like he did without having had the capacity of live it fully.

How cruel that he had developed dementia. My mother had Alzheimer's and there were many times when I thought that she was simply living in her own world, one that I had been excluded from entirely.

Not so dissimilar from what it feels like to me to read Marquez. Lost within my own little world, a whirlwind of expression, free-flowing, emotional, imaginative, free-spirited and free-associative.

Hard to believe there won't be another gem of a book from this brilliant man. I can only hope that wherever his soul has been spirited off to, that world is as magical as the one he has given us.

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

#GabrielGarciaMarquez   #LoveIntheTimeofCholera   #OneHundredYearsofSolitude   #MemoriesofMyMelancholyWhores  
Mr. García Márquez, a Colombian who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation.
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+Henk Hadders  
"The Commons as a rising alternative to State and Market"

 see  +David Bollier's review of Jeremy Rifken's new book here: 

h/t to +John Kellden 
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."If you would be a real seeker after truth,
it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt,
as far as possible, all things."
― René Descartes

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