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Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy | TED Talk | TED.com

31 Dec

Feelings, breeding art – and art, feeding feelings…

…#Fehgal on #Proust – and a chunk of them libraries!

(And yeah, volumes of relative, subjective introspection, to boot…)

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And what does jealousy like? Jealousy likes information. Jealousy likes details. Jealousy likes the vast quantities of shiny hair, the cute little pencil case. Jealousy likes photos. That’s why #Instagram is such a hit.

…” – #TED.Com

(As yeah, some of us found our way back to them illustrated ones – Encyclopedias!)

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Abha Dawesar: Life in the “digital now” | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED.com

30 Dec

#CMAC – The Ultimate Disruptor, it seems…

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¬†Our story, therefore, needs two dimensions of time:¬†a long arc of time that is our lifespan,¬†and the timeframe of direct experience¬†that is the moment.¬†Now the self that experiences directly¬†can only exist in the moment,¬†but the one that narrates needs several moments,¬†a whole sequence of them,¬†and that’s why our full sense of self¬†needs both immersive experience¬†and the flow of time.¬†Now, the flow of time is embedded in everything,¬†in the erosion of a grain of sand,¬†in the budding of a little bud into a rose.Without it, we would have no music.¬†Our own emotions and state of mind¬†often encode time,¬†regret or nostalgia about the past,¬†hope or dread about the future.

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– #TED

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Pico #Iyer: Where is home? | #TED Talk Transcript | TED.com

25 Dec

“…And home, in the end, is of course¬†not just the place where you sleep.¬†It’s the place where you stand” [… where you become yourself… – Proust]

– Iyer

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Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED.com

27 Nov

Plucked this excerpt, as of lately, well… yeah, cooking.

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Home.¬†The biggest problem with the home¬†is that used to be the heart of passing on food culture,¬†what made our society.¬†That is not happening anymore.¬†And you know, as we go to work and as life changes,¬†and as life always evolves,¬†we kind of have to look at it holistically —¬†step back for a moment, and re-address the balance.

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(And the funny I just posted before… a minute before!)

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Adversity? #Quote: “Claim your experience. Don’t let it claim you…” #Jarvis, Debra v√≠a #TEDx

19 Sep

#Quote: “Claim your experience. Don’t let it claim you…” #Jarvis, Debra v√≠a #TEDx

Relevant Excerpt:

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Many years ago, I had a patient, just a wonderful young man who was loved by the staff, and so it was something of a shock to us to realize that he had no friends. He lived by himself, he would come in for chemotherapy by himself, he would receive his treatment, and then he’d walk home alone. And I even asked him. I said, “Hey, how come you never bring a friend with you?” And he said, “I don’t really have any friends.” But he had tons of friends on the infusion floor. We all loved him, and people were going in and out of his room all the time. So at his last chemo, we sang him the song and we put the crown on his head and we blew the bubbles, and then I asked him, I said, “So what are you going to do now?” And he answered, “Make friends.” And he did. He started volunteering and he made friends there, and he began going to a church and he made friends there, and at Christmas he invited my husband and me to a party in his apartment, and the place was filled with his friends. Claim your experience. Don’t let it claim you. He decided that the meaning of his experience was to know the joy of friendship, and then learn to make friends.

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Debra Jarvis: Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn’t define me | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED.com

Me? Pondering this illustration.

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A Dare from Bill – and a Table Topic! #CareToShare

14 Jun

Is Everyone on the Autism Spectrum? — New York Magazine

26 Feb

#RelevantExcerpt

“…every generation has its defining psychiatric malady, confidently diagnosed from afar by armchair non-psychiatrists. In the fifties, all those gray-suited organization men were married to ‚Äúfrigid‚ÄĚ women. Until a few years ago, the country of self-obsessed boomers and reality-TV fame-seekers and vain politicians and bubble-riding Ponzi schemers made narcissistic personality disorder‚ÄĒdiagnosis code 301.81 in the American Psychiatric Association‚Äôs Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition‚ÄĒthe craziness of the moment. And who among us has not proudly copped to our own ‚ÄúOCD‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúADD,‚ÄĚ deemed a mercurial sibling ‚Äúseriously bipolar,‚ÄĚ written off an erratic ex as ‚Äúobviously borderline,‚ÄĚ or nodded as a laid-off friend pronounced his former boss a ‚Äútextbook sociopath‚ÄĚ? Lately, a new kind of head case stalks the land‚ÄĒstaring past us, blurting gaucheries, droning on about the technical minutiae of his boring hobby. And we are ready with our DSM codes: 299.00 (autistic disorder) and 299.80 (Asperger‚Äôs disorder).

http://nymag.com/news/features/autism-spectrum-2012-11/

Interestingly enough, after hearing a lady who was also a therapist – and a mom of a gentle and sweet young man, and adding the HBO Biopic on Dr. Grandin (as in Temple) to a recent conversation on the subject, one may benefit from simply admitting that even though it may start as a bit of hypochondria  (see? another easily undiagnosed one!) fact is that these traits may help us work on ourselves,  to the extent that we compassionately assume the possibility – and immediately start working on either coping or managing it.

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(Even better when one has NOT been diagnosed, yet one is unable to explain oneself at some rare yet specific moments, perhaps?)

And if above epidemic were to be proven in the right, it would be wrong to allow for stigmatization to flourish – after all, they chose to illustrate with some great individuals  (mostly)… “Good Company” indeed!