“A vacation is an expensive way to read a book in peace”
One of my summer reads this year was Dan Brown’s novel “Origin”, the fifth book in the (Robert) Langdon series. It has been sitting in the reading waiting list for a while, and it was pushed down the pipeline by other books in the last couple of years..
Readings, comments, links, and Quotes from the month of August.
Topics include thinking, brands, consumer behavior, and Innovation.
Four Questions we might never answer:
- Do we see the same Red?
- What happened before the Big Bang?
- How is consciousness created?
- What is inside black holes?
Very insightful : many people (men more likely) would rather endure pain than be alone with their own thoughts .. !
(Caveat: Curiosity ?)
NFTs can have great implications for marketing, engagement, and content creation. Brands are taking notice.
The science of relaxing music: Weightless (Marconi Union) is still the undisputed leader, but these music tracks have been ranked according to their ability to reduce anxiety & stress.
‘Self-evident: Evident to one’s self and to nobody else.’
- Ambrose Bierce
Caution: Sometimes ‘working’ your hobbies makes them less enjoyable ..! https://t.co/vrSErMy7aZ
I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
- Steve Jobs
Now, Android is winning the world..
Nothing disturbs me more than the glorification of stupidity
- Carl Sagan
It doesn’t matter how many people hate your #brand as long as enough people love it,
Facebook recently unveiled its plans to pay influencers $1 billion to utilize its products, in a program that’s set to run until the end of 2022.
The Shanghai Astronomy Museum.
A design masterpiece partially inspired by the three-body problem.. (the book by Cixin Liu with the same title is amazing too).
Reading minds might be a little harder than previously thought ..
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain
The priming effect in #psychology (it is effectively used in advertising, among other fields).
Your responses to certain things are affected by certain exposures without intention..
An interesting experiment:
To encourage the youth to consume culture, France is giving teenagers ~Euro 300 to spend on cultural products, with a few restrictions.
Some results are in: 75% of purchases so far are books, two thirds of those are manga.
Give yourself permission to be creative
I came across this video (youtube’s cunning recommendation algorithm), and I was quite surprised how insightful and deep it was. It had many lessons on creativity, and the ‘self-permission’ it requires. Frequently, it takes courage to be creative, and this is nicely captured by the talk.
Here are some thoughts / lessons / reflections :
- The value of difference and irregularity: In a world where more and more things (and people) are similar, irregularity and unpredictability are valuable.
- It is quite hard for us to judge how good what we do is. I think that a better strategy would be to do great effort and keep thinking about growth and contribution.
- The world is an extremely unreliable critic: This has been tested many times. Think about it – if something is really original and new, then it – by definition – won’t be familiar, and most people dislike the unfamiliar (because it forces them to think).
- Making sense out of life is crucial , but only at key moments –> Why not always ? Well maybe because this activity of ‘making sense’ is not a guaranteed and linear process. You can’t be sure that you’ll make sense of it.
- Art helps with that: Art is not luxury – it is nourishment for the soul and the growth beyond the confines of the limited and bounded current reality.
- ‘Human Creativity is nature manifest in us’
- ‘Know yourself’ – what do you love ? if you get close to what you love , who you are is revealed to you… and it expands !
- My experience is not as unique as I’ve thought ..
- ‘There is no Path till you walk it’
- Be willing to Play the fool
- Read the book you want to read (I will probably talk about this later here)
- Listen to new music (challenge yourself to do it, even though it might not feel very comfortable at first).
How does learning (the acquisition of knowledge and skills) happen? What are the models for the learning stages? There are many theories, but theorists seem to agree that four is a good number… and a circle is a good shape.
The models presented here consider conscious effort, competence level, abstract vs experiential learning, and contemplation/reflection on progress.
The Cultural Innovation Sub-system
Improving the effectiveness of National Innovation System (NIS) initiatives in developing nations
The Cultural and Creative Industries can be used as critical ingredients of National Innovation Systems (termed the Cultural Innovation Sub-system), especially in developing nations.