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Art at the UN Headquarters is nothing short of amazing! This is just one of the iconic pieces of sculpture there.
 
The iconic “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) #sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, who sadly passed away, at #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC.

A gift from #Luxembourg to the UN, the artist designed the piece in 1980 following the murder of his friend, #JohnLennon. The sculpture, which consists of a large replica of a 45-calibre revolver with the barrel tied into a bullet-blocking knot, is a powerful symbol for #peace.

http://visit.un.org/

#art #design #CarlFrederick #Sweden
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23 years since CERN made the WorldWideWeb (WWW) Source Code public

The WorldWideWeb was the first web browser, developed by Tim Berners-Lee, then working at CERN. The concepts and protocols he used for this browser later developed into what is today the World Wide Web.

The invention of the printing press revolutionized learning during the Renaissance, by making hundreds of copies of books easily available at reduced prices. 

Today we can safely say Internet is indeed analogous to a modern-day reinvention of the printing press. Because, we are all reaping the benefits of how it revolutionised not only learning but also our lives.

And this, WorldWideWeb, was the very first thing (web browser, actually) you could use to browse the Internet (whatever that was at that point of time). Making it open-source was probably the greatest decision ever.
 
In this week in 1993, CERN made a decision to release the WorldWideWeb source code – catapulting the World Wide Web into the public domain and triggering a series of events that means twenty-three years later we’re now able to share this with thousands of you through social media.

On 30 April 1993 CERN made the free software available to anyone, anywhere. The move had an immediate effect on the spread of the web. By late 1993, there were over 500 known web servers, by the end of 1994 there were 10,000, and 10 million users. Traffic was equivalent to shipping the collected works of Shakespeare every second.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT

Learn more about the WWW: http://cern.ch/go/www

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How to be more confident (a.k.a. don't work on your self-esteem, work on your self-compassion)

Conventionally, you'd probably work on ways to increase your self-esteem. 
Sure, that works, including the "fake it till you make it" strategy, but it doesn't work always. That's a fallacy, and it's one believed by many.

Eric Baker writes in his blog, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, what is wrong with this approach:
http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/04/how-to-be-more-confident-2/

Having self-esteem depends on external factors, many of which are not in our control. And, most importantly, it doesn't come to you in times of failure. Thus, it fails when we need it (and confidence so derived) most. 
So, there's no way you can rely on it always to bolster your confidence.

Enter, self-compassion. In layman's terms, forgive yourself. That's a better, and much more reliable way to have self-confidence. One that's gonna work always.

Follow the link above to learn how. This is an amazing read, one you'll never regret reading on a lazy weekend.
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Yes, it matters what you wear to an exam: How dress influences your thinking

If you thought your what you wear doesn't influence your pattern of thinking, well, then unfortunately, you're wrong. It does.

Researchers found that wearing "formal clothing" tends to make our thinking more abstract, compared to a person who isn't wearing clothing so "formal". All this, and more, on this Nautilus article:
http://nautil.us/blog/yes-it-matters-what-you-wear-to-an-exam

So, what that means for you is that if the situation (or your exam) requires you to think abstractly, like mathematics, you're better off in formal clothing. 
Whereas, if you're sitting for an engineering exam, or are restoring a car, abstract thinking probably isn't a very good idea, so, dress down (to make your thinking less abstract, help yourself). 

And when everyone is dressed the same, whether formal or informal? It's a level playing field. Oxford University continues with the formal subfusc being mandatory for students taking exams, and schools stick to uniform. 
It just ensures everyone's thinking pattern isn't influenced by dress, so you get a level playing field, something that wouldn't happen if you let people chose their dress while attending an exam.
In May 2015, an official vote was held by the Oxford University Student Union about clothing policy. It was over whether to keep “subfusc,”…
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Study proves that it is possible to reduce prejudice in humans (and the way to do that is eerily similar to FBI's hostage negotiation model)

Up until now, the vast majority of research in social sciences led to the conclusion that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to persuade people to change their views.

Now, new research claims that, done properly, it is possible to change people's attitude towards something:
http://www.vox.com/2016/4/7/11380974/reduce-prejudice-science-transgender

There's a catch, though. To be successful in such an endeavour, you need to use an unconventional canvassing technique known as "deep canvassing", instead of the traditional method of canvassing that spews out facts and figures.

Using this method, researchers successfully changed a man's (negative) view on transgenders.

As from my side, this method of "deep canvassing" seems eerily familiar to the Behavioral Change Stairway Model of hostage negotiation used by FBI agents:
http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/06/hostage-negotiation/

If you remember, I'd posted about this model sometime back, and you can effectively use it in life to influence people and bring about behavioral change to get what you want in just about any situation, not just a hostage negotiation. 
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Lens Glare

This is what happens when you let the sunlight directly into your camera lens.

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22° Halo in Kolkata

In case you hadn't noticed, this was what appeared round the Sun today around noon (yes, I know there's a bird flying through the frame).

It was visible throughout Kolkata for about 30 minutes hence, probably a welcome relief for law enforcement officials amid high-tension elections in the city.

Read more on how it happens (and other views) here:
http://astwavelength.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/22-halo-in-kolkata/

In scientific terms, it's known as a 22° halo.
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9 Things a Grown Man Can Learn From the Hardy Boys

No, it doesn't sound stupid. It's perfectly logical, and a good one at that too.

Read here:
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/04/04/9-things-a-grown-man-can-learn-from-the-hardy-boys/
Why do the Hardy Boys books continue to line the shelves of libraries and bookstores, engage generation after generation?
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Deception

To put it rather very quaintly, I am not really a fond admirer of what we today call the "hookup culture".

This short story, is a mockery of this hookup culture and the seduction community of pickup artists, and how, more often than not, it thrives on deceiving people:
http://astwavelength.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/deception/
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Sun Through The Window

It was almost evening. The Sun wasn't really low in the sky, but it sure was tilted to a side.

And so the shadows fell, the sunlight coming in through the window.

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How your name, date of birth, etc. influences (to an extent) your life choices (bye, bye logic and conscious decisions)

The decisions we make in life are definitely not entirely rational. And neither is it entirely conscious. Our subconscious biases play a huge role in decision making. And, of course, most of us don't realize it.

This article at the Nautilus explores implicit egotism, our bias towards stuff that sounds alike, or is otherwise similar to, our name, date of birth, etc.:
http://nautil.us/blog/are-you-more-likely-to-be-a-baker-if-youre-named-baker

There is a fundamental implicit, subconscious bias in each of our minds towards anything that bears any resemblance to our name, date of birth, or anything else we closely identify with. 

Put simply, if you're named "Lane", you're more likely to reside in a "something Lane" rather than a "something Street".

We are drawn to careers that sound similar to our names. We are more likely to live in a place that sounds like our name than one that doesn't. We are more likely to buy something that is named like us, or contains our date of birth in some form, rather than something that doesn''t. And the list goes on, and on. 

Now imagine what an advertising firm can do with your just your name and date of birth.
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You'd be surprised at how many more such "implicit biases" we have in our minds.
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Folds and Lines

It's really amazing how much art you can find in your own home. That is, if you care to look close enough.

Take a guess. Any ideas what this might possibly be?

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It may be a 4-star hotel, but one doesn't get the feeling of a 4-star hotel upon entering it. Leave alone from the outside, you don't get that feeling when inside either. The Eco Hub is much better than this. Maintenance is not fine. Although I haven't stayed here, the hotel doesn't seem very attractive from the outside as a 4-star hotel. A lot of improvement is required, and expected from The Pride Hotel, as a 4-star hotel in a future posh location such as Newtown (India).
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The place is a good centre of knowledge. But it doesn't attract much people, rather appeal to the people. They should try to make the place more appealing to the people, so as to increase the footfall, and thus their revenue and the layman's knowledge about science. An average place in general.
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