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Sonja Samuda
Not all those who wander are lost. ( J.R.R. Tolkien)
Not all those who wander are lost. ( J.R.R. Tolkien)

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And who is conducting the studies about characteristics and traits of the percentage of individuals who refuse? We have been waiting for this since Milgram ..
Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey

A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority.

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«Diagnosis is a sharp instrument for helping patients, but only a blunt weapon in political discourse.» 

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Good summary with links to the remaining clusters. The article also points out that ongoing research is investigating a dimensional rather than the present categorical approach.

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Rhythmic patterns adding new possible layers to the complexity of brain circuitry

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How to Curb Your Cravings

Nothing wrong with cheese & caffeine, the rest of the stuff here I don't care about. 

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"Beyond the desire to avoid the costs and distractions of regulations, there is another major reason for both the rise of temporary workers and the emergence of PEOs: the nature of knowledge work and, most particularly, the fact that knowledge workers are extraordinarily specialized. Most large, knowledge-based organizations have lots of experts; managing all of them effectively is a big challenge—one that temp agencies and PEOs can help to address." Via +Marc Schnau

Employees may be our greatest liability, but people are our greatest opportunity.

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Apropos #DarkNightRises
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - Some of my initial reflections on the movie

During the last couple of days my youngest son and I treated ourselves to a Batman Marathon, watching all three films in succession. We embarked on this after having seen “The Dark Knight Rises” in Germany, realizing then how many references to the earlier films were contained in the third volume. This felt a little bit as if the director Christopher Nolan was giving me homework, albeit homework that I was very pleased to do as it made me immerse myself with the whole opus even more. What alternative is there? Should Part Three of a trilogy summarize the previous plots for forgetful viewers and simultaneously trivialize the new film through too much repetition? The challenge with a trilogy lies in producing an overarching story wherein the individual parts follow each other to a closure, and such a grande finale is exactly what “The Dark Knight Rises” does achieve with an occasionally opera inspired dramatic music score by Hans Zimmer which helped pace the action towards the end.

At the onset of the movie we find a reclusive Bruce Wayne recovering from the beatings received  years ago.  The situation suits the now middle aged actor Christian Bale; we can say the film trilogy grows with the actors and the storyline thus becomes a more convincing fable of the course of life of the little boy who was once traumatized by bats as he had fallen down a well, only to witness the killing of his parents soon after.
The plot in part three deals with corruption and lack of transparency among the administrators and political leaders of Gotham. We meet a terrorist skilled at fear management once he has gained control over the city, and we meet an investor in environment friendly technology who reveals a very personal, destructive agenda. In the resulting anarchy a small group of very disparate people develops allliances and ad hoc strategies to survive and last but not least, try to ensure Gotham’s survival under a nuclear threat. One of Nolan’s strengths is the choice of a skilled team of actors, some of them familiar from previous Batman films as well as Inception, who convincingly work together as a group of diverse and enticing characters carrying the film. In Nolan’s films Inception and the Dark Night Rises, you find the leading characters surrounded by 7-9 interesting supporting roles, all of which are well cast and provided with sensible lines by the manuscript. The dialogues in Batman are well worth listening to, and are one of the features why I enjoy watching all of the films several times. Each time I discover a new piece of the puzzle that links everything together. Or shall I say the caleidoscope that shows the phenomena in ever changing contexts?

I’d like to pick one moment of the scene where Bruce climbs up the well from the dungeon which was supposed to break his spirit. He failed several attempts, and finally received one bit of vital advice: To let his former anxiety reemerge as a motivator for the final jump. The advice from his old teacher, the mercenary, to suppress fear, is here exchanged for the sake of a deeper acceptance of his situation. This significant moment stands also out musically with the choir accompanying his climb with collective encouragement. Now, as other moviegoers will know, the warrior (Liam Neeson) played a vital and ambivalent role for Bruce during part 1 and 2 of the trilogy. His ambivalence is also reflected in one of the female characters, Miranda. As we learn, she has a connection to the mercenary …… In the “Dark Knight Rises”, the developments concerning those ambivalent figures come to a closure.
Bruce is henceforth free to connect with the other woman in his surroundings, Catwoman, the thief, who proves to be a good sport and ingenious helper in the ensuing action drama, developing alongside Bruce. The constellation of these two female characters reminds me of Inception, the film that was made between the second and third Batman film. Only that here, in the Batman movie, the situation is further resolved. I am now very curious about the female characters in Nolan’s next movie ….! Since I take him seriously both as a writer and director, I tend to form associations  between the movies as I would between novels or plays of a writer. Also the ending of “The Dark Knight Rises” leaves us in doubt as to what is real, in a scene involving Michael Caine, like the final scene of Inception.

“I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.” (Christopher Nolan in the “About” Section of his Google+ profile.)

The inhabitants of Gotham do not learn the true identity of the person behind the myth of Batman. As James Gordon, played by Gary Oldman, indicates: it seems sufficient to know that it was “Batman”. In a world where identities and society are under constant evolvement, the myth is the garantist of stability, and simultaneously the promise that the mythical figure will materialize if needed. Thus, the individuals behind the myth can live a shielded life when they are not needed….. and blend in with everybody, anonymously. Next time round, perhaps someone else receives the calling. Batman is very much a hero of the moment who grows into and with his task. This interface of personal development and archetypical mold is what makes the Batman films much more than their cartoon origins and other mere action films.
You probably have to watch a Batman marathon yourself if you should wish to agree with me …..
Yet, perhaps, to you it is an entirely different story!
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