Feb 28, 2013

Predict your babies future

I don’t believe in predicting the future (via Astrology) as you can see from my previous post here and here.

But below article talks about predicting future utilising science, psychological and behavioural studies of babies between age of 4 to 6 years.

I believe it is not going to be 100% correct but there are good chances of these predictions becoming true.

6 Insane Things Science Can Predict About You at Infancy

Feb 27, 2013

Raising healthy, happy, productive human beings

A long article but sits with my beliefs about competition in this world. Every single thing we do in our life revolves around competition. 

The Case Against Competition

Some snippets I really like from the article.

"Competition, which simply means that one person can succeed only if others fail, is one of those things. It's always unnecessary and inappropriate at school, at play, and at home."
"There is good evidence that productivity in the workplace suffers as a result of competition. The research is even more compelling in classroom settings. David Johnson, a professor of social psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues reviewed all the studies they could find on the subject from 1924 to 1980. Sixty-five of the studies found that children learn better when they work cooperatively as opposed to competitively, eight found the reverse, and 36 found no significant difference. The more complex the learning task, the worse children in a competitive environment fared."
"Brandeis University psychologist Teresa Amabile was more interested in creativity. In a study, she asked children to make "silly collages." Some competed for prizes and some didn't. Seven artists then independently rated the kids' work. It turned out that those who were trying to win produced collages that were much less creative -- less spontaneous, complex and varied -- than the others."

"First, competition often makes kids anxious and that interferes with concentration. Second, competition doesn't permit them to share their talents and resources as cooperation does, so they can't learn from one another. Finally, trying to be Number One distracts them from what they're supposed to be learning. It may seem paradoxical, but when a student concentrates on the reward (an A or a gold star or a trophy), she becomes less interested in what she's doing. The result: Performance declines."

As for reducing rivalry and competitive attitudes in the home:
  • Avoid comparing a child's performance to that of a sibling, a classmate, or yourself as a child.
  • Don't use contests ("Who can dry the dishes fastest?") around the house. Watch your use of language ("Who's the best little girl in the whole wide world?") that reinforces competitive attitudes.
  • Never make your love or acceptance conditional on a child's performance. It's not enough tosay, "As long as you did your best, honey" if the child learns that Mommy's attitude about her is quite different when she has triumphed over her peers.
  • Be aware of your power as a model. If you need to beat others, your child will learn that from you regardless of what you say. The lesson will be even stronger if you use your child to provide you with vicarious victories.

Feb 23, 2013

Photo almost as big as Buckingham Palace.

This is awesome work. It feels like Google Maps street view but the details in the image is mind blowing.

"The 320 gigapixel image - taken by expert photography firm 360Cities – comprises 48,640 individual frames which have been collated into a single panorama by a supercomputer. The pictures were taken using Canon EOS 7D cameras with EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM lenses and Extender EF 2x III teleconverters driven by special Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama heads from the Clausscompany in Germany.
If printed at normal resolution, the photo would be 98 meters long (323 feet) and 23 meters high (77 feet) – almost as big as Buckingham Palace."
Click the link to view BT London Gigapixel Panorama 2013.

Feb 22, 2013

Easier way to get rid of Facebook addiction

Lately there has been a lots of discussion at work about Facebook addiction and how it is ruining the social relationships.

I do not feel Facebook is the problem, it is a great medium to do lots of good things (my thoughts here.) The problem is us, we are not able to control our temptation to click the FB icon as soon as we have one spare minute. We as human beings like to think/see what others are doing rather than thinking about new business idea/solution to a problem etc...

I see lots of people (I've done it too) get an emotional rush and deactivate their FB or twitter account but comes back after few days, why? I think it is because they've not found alternate method to spend that spare one minute. 

During my hypnosis training I learned your subconscious mind is not able to understand negative instructions (like stop this), it needs alternative/replacement. For example, if you are trying to stop smoking you have to tell your brain instead of smoking have glass of water or apple. When the mind does not find something else to do it will tempt you to pick up the old habit.

In this book "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think", Brian explains that if you have smaller plate for lunch/dinner you eat less. What this means is you have to change the situation to change your habits.

Feb 21, 2013

The Man Vs. The Machine (Infographic)

Eventually the Cyborgs are going to run our world, not sure I'll be alive to see that but the way technology is assisting our life & body I don't see it is far away.

I know Technological Singularity is going to happen sooner rather than later.

For now we are the winner....only to the personal computers. I believe there are machines capable winning in some of the areas.

Feb 12, 2013

3 Benefits of Facebook

I read lately quiet a few articles about Facebook being time waster, addictive, earns a lot of money from you, shares your private stuff bla bla bla…I admit it is an addiction for me too and would love to control it but that is something to talk about some other day.

Depending on your perspective you will see good and bad differently than others.

But few of the benefits of Facebook for me are….

  1. Increases affection/love - As soon as you put something up on your wall there is someone going to like it or put a lovely comment. Pre-Facebook era only those who you were in direct contact (phone or personal)  would be able to know the news and share their emotional love with you. For example, with Facebook a school friend whom I've not met for 15 years is sharing his affection on my good story. It's a different questions how much he/she has emotional means with that comment or like, but it is a appreciable gesture that someone has taken 10 seconds to share your joy.

Feb 6, 2013

Science and Prayer

I read this piece on discovery.com about a 5 year abducted boy being saved by prayer.  

I don’t know if prayers would have played any part in this saga but my experience suggests that prayers definitely provide me following.

  • Calm Mind
  • Mindfulness
  • Higher level of concentration
  • Provide psychological support in challenging times
I don’t know if I’ve gained any material benefits or experienced healing via prayers but definitely there are significant psychological benefits.

Rationally you can not prove the action (praying) and effect (benefits) of prayers but I've heard/read about miracles (mainly in Hindu culture) do happen by praying.

My previous post explains Prayer really well.

Feb 5, 2013

Tips for making decisions

Very interesting article in NY Times When You Don’t Do What You Meant To, and Don’t Know Why

A long article if you don't like to read in full, these are some of the highlights of the article:
We let emotions play too big a role. They can be set off by situations unrelated to the event. If you’re going on a first date, for example, Professor Gino said, and get caught in traffic, you may feel angry and that can spill over into your date. You may decide it was just a bad match, rather than reflecting on the mood you were in when you arrived.
Most of us tend to be overly optimistic about the future and about own abilities and attributes. The Heaths cite studies showing that doctors who reckoned they were “completely certain” about a diagnosis were wrong 40 percent of the time.
I liked even more a 1997 survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report of 1,000 people, cited by Professor Gino, about who was most likely to get into heaven. Michael Jordan had a 65 percent chance, Mother Teresa a 79 percent chance. But 87 percent of the survey takers decided they were the ones most likely to go to heaven.

So we’re overconfident, emotional and irrational. What do we do about it?