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David McCullough's heroes of history

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This is a fantastic story from 60 Minutes with a remarkable man: David McCullough.

 

He talks about, how we nowadays raise historically illiterate youngsters. The solution? Bring back the stories around the family dinner table.

 

Also, this goes to show why you should live in Paris once in your lifetime!

 

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About Knowledge Broker

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The purpose of this site - Knowledge Broker - is to highlight and share novel and creative thinking that makes you go: Hmm….interesting


Here I share interesting new books, thought-provoking videos, the latest research into neuroscience, psychology and human behavior, alternative ways of thinking, new innovative ideas, and motivational speeches.


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About Kenneth Mikkelsen


I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Knowledge Broker on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of Future Associates, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, January 3, 12:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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Personal Renewal

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This is a speech delivered by John Gardner to McKinsey & Company in November 10, 1990.


Excerpt from the speech: 


We have to face the fact that most men and women out there in the world of work are more stale than they know, more bored than they would care to admit. Boredom is the secret ailment of large-scale organizations. Someone said to me the other day "How can I be so bored when I'm so busy?" And I said "Let me count the ways." Logan Pearsall Smith said that boredom can rise to the level of a mystical experience, and if that's true I know some very busy middle level executives who are among the great mystics of all time.


Learn all your life. Learn from your failures. Learn from your successes, When you hit a spell of trouble, ask "What is it trying to teach me?" The lessons aren't always happy ones, but they keep coming. It isn't a bad idea to pause occasionally for an inward look. By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.


The things you learn in maturity aren't simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character. 

You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing. 

Those are things that are hard to learn early in life, As a rule you have to have picked up some mileage and some dents in your fenders before you understand. As Norman Douglas said "There are some things you can't learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.'

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is one of the most profound speeches I've come across in my life. I cannot recommend reading John Gardner's words strongly enough. 


John Gardner is the author of: Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society.


Thank you Ilkka Kikko - @Serendipitor - for pointing me towards this speech. I'm grateful for your recommendation. 

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Agnes Ng's curator insight, September 11, 8:32 PM

Interesting speech...read this.

Michael Binzer's curator insight, September 14, 6:54 AM

Inspiration. I was deeply moved

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Liking Work Really Matters

Liking Work Really Matters | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

But while we know intuitively that tasks we find interesting can feel effortless, what does it actually do to our mental gas tank? Can interest help us perform our best without feeling fatigued?


Research by psychologists Paul A. O'Keefe and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Michigan State University, which were recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, suggests that it can.


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Being interested in a task is essential to being good at it.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 8, 4:53 PM

It does. When I went into the classroom, it was a place of great creativity for me. As time progressed and School managers decided they knew more than those who inhabited the classroom ecosystem. it was harder to enjoy what we did in the classroom.

 

 

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We Are The People We've Been Waiting For

The world is facing huge challenges and they're growing daily in severity, in scale and in complexity. It's no exaggeration to say that they're not going to go away. Indeed they will get worse unless we can start to find solutions and find them soon. If we're going to survive we desperately need the next generations to be smarter, more adaptable and better prepared than any that have gone before.

Our only chance is to improve the way we teach our young. To equip young people with the skills and attitudes that might steer this world of ours to a far safer place than at present looks likely. The question is... is that what our current education system does?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

"We are the people we've been waiting for" is a documentary about the much needed change in education. It is a few years old but the overall message is still valid today. 


I also encourage you to watch Ken Robinson's TED Talk: "How to escape education's death valley" and the RSA Animate Video: "Changing Education Paradigms."


Robinson is the author of several brilliant books on education: 


  1. Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
  2. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  3. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life


You can follow Robinson on Twitter here


Another free online documentary on our education system (US angle), ReGeneration, can be watched here

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Why We Like to Keep Busy

Why We Like to Keep Busy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Do people like to keep busy for no reason? Or is being idle okay with most of us?


Psychological researchers set to find out.


In two experiments with college students, researchers discovered that we can be happy doing nothing at all and remaining idle. But given even the slimmest of reasons to be busy doing something, and most people will opt for doing something over nothing.


The researchers also found that people were happier when they were busy, even if they were forced into busyness.


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How We Know What We Know: The Art of Adaequatio and Seeing with the Eye of the Heart

How We Know What We Know: The Art of Adaequatio and Seeing with the Eye of the Heart | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A timeless guide to "understanding the truth that does not merely inform the mind but liberates the soul.


Another wonderful post by Maria Popova on Brainpickings. This time she takes a closer look at the concept of adaequatio as presented by E.F. Schumacher in his book "A Guide for the Perplexed."


This ought to be your reading for the weekend.

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Is Technology Shifting Our Moral Compass?

Is Technology Shifting Our Moral Compass? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

What will new technologies like self-driving cars and drones mean for our collective conscience?


When a technology first comes into the marketplace, there are always unintended consequences.

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The 5 Different Types Of Intuition And How To Hone Yours

The 5 Different Types Of Intuition And How To Hone Yours | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Most of us rely on snap-judgments to form our views on people or situations around us. How can we make sure they're the right calls?

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There are five types of intuition (you can find your type, here):


Analysts spend a lot of time researching and data-gathering before making a decision about a situation, and aren’t satisfied until every potential scenario is explored and played out. A snap judgement is always a poor judgement, to an “analyst.”


Observers gather clues, mostly visually, about the people and scenarios around them. If she passes a coworker in the hallway that won’t return their smile, the “observer” takes this subtlety to heart.


Questioners are more direct about their judgement-making. If they need to find the perfect venue for their company happy hour, they don’t rely on online reviews or appearances, but ask around for the group’s top pick. “Questioners” make real-life, evidence-based decisions, but neglects to pick up on unspoken cues.


Empathizers are quick to let colleagues and clients vent out their problems, and go with them emotionally to the source of the problem. Unfortunately, too much empathy skews their judgment when it’s time to make an unbiased call.


Adapters are the all-star intuitors, the Zoltar fortune teller of the office. They give the best advice, and you know you can go to them when things get hairy. But where they excel in gut-feelings, they struggle to relate with others who seem to gravitate toward poor choices.


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Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate

Kurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Hate | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Kurt Vonnegut — a man of discipline, a champion of literary style, modern sage, poetic shaman of happiness, and one wise dad — endures as one of the most prolific and sought-after commencement speakers of all time.


Nine of his finest commencement addresses, along with some of Vonnegut’s own drawings, are collected in the wonderful compendium If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young.


From Brain Pickings. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 3:44 AM

There are great insights in the article. For example, the one about life being tough is excellent. We seem to live in a time where this is an ignored concept. I scooped an article yesterday from a former principal who is now giving advice. When you examine his CV, you find he worked as a principal for 2 years and an AP for two years. Having worked with this this individual, I know the four years were not tough yet he can now give book advice to new principals. What Vonnegut gets at is we learn in the hard times and those learnings integrate with the good times to make a body of wisdom. It is not book learning.

 

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The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts

The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Organizations are constantly scouring the earth for the talent or perfect expert that will provide the fresh edge and perspective needed to overcome the challenging obstacles that stand in their way to the top. In their pursuit of excellence however, you may be shocked to learn the criteria they use to define credibility and expertise may be severely flawed.


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Sadly, it's human nature to overlook the talent nearest you and think an outsider can save the day.  


Why are recommendations perceived as bad ideas when suggested by employees, but suddenly brilliant when a lesser known individual suggests the same thing?


Why are these outsiders perceived to be more credible?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 4:04 PM

I always wondered how it was done. It certainly does not make much sense in School who is promoted and privileged.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 28, 11:32 PM

In the words of Mark Twain, “An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town.”

Christine Capra's curator insight, July 31, 1:53 PM

I think this also has to do with our delusional search for perfection.

 

The better we know one another, the more 'flaw's we see - we can only imagine getting something close to our ideal with the unknown.

 

And we're a culture that prefers the illusion of the ideal over the value in reality. 

 

So we'll choose an infinite stream of expensive 'honeymoon' phases to the grit of committing to the flawed known. In all kinds of realms. . .

 

To our detriment - imho.

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The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

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Excellent TED Talk by John Wooden. 

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Can Creativity Be Learned?

Can Creativity Be Learned? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But two new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.

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The first study, published in a recent issue of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, found that highly creative individuals have more activity in the part of the brain containing the ability to make original associations, to blend information from various scenarios and experiences (known as “conceptual integration”), and to understand complex metaphors and comparisons.


The second studypublished in the June 2014 edition of Creativity Research Journal, found that people who have brains that process information faster can also make more diverse connections and original associations, a hallmark of creativity. Because there’s not an obviously confounding relationship between information processing speed and creativity.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 10:57 PM

Interesting analysis, but for most organisations creativity/innovation  is a process and anyone can play if they know their role!

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The “Digital Native,” a Profitable Myth

The “Digital Native,” a Profitable Myth | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Technology buzzwords, although annoying, often seem innocuous enough. They’re just catchy and trite enough to bleed into common usage, but just misleading and obfuscatory enough as to discourage deep analysis. Two of the most widespread buzzwords and phrases to escape the tech world and infiltrate our general lexicon are the couplet “digital native” and “digital immigrant.”


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

An academic article from The British Journal of Educational Technology last year, which critically examined the discourse around “digital natives,” found that “rather than being empirically and theoretically informed, the debate can be likened to an academic form of a ‘moral panic.’” The authors found that the commonly made claims are largely under-researched or just plain wrong when compared to the data.

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How not to be ignorant about the world

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How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Data sings, and we better pay attention to data before we form our opinion.


This is a great new TED Talk with Hans and Ola Rosling from the Gapminder Foundation. 


I particularly like the idea of introducing a knowledge certificate as Ola Rosling talks about in the video. 

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Curiosity – Why Our Future Depends On It

Watch author Ian Leslie as he asks what feeds curiosity and what starves it. Revealing that curiosity is not a gift, but a habit that parents, schools, workplaces and individuals need to nurture if it is to thrive.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Ian Leslie argues that our future depends on developing a deep curiosity about the world – and he doesn't mean clicking on Twitter links.


Read a review of Ian's book from The Independent here


You can also follow Ian on Twitter: @mrianleslie.


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The Power of Curiosity: 3 Strategies for Staying Curious

The Power of Curiosity: 3 Strategies for Staying Curious | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

As kids we’re insatiably inquisitive. Everything — from cups to cupboards to dirt to our own hands — fascinates us. But for many of us, as we start getting older, we lose our appetite for curiosity.


And yet curiosity is powerful. It adds color, vibrancy, passion and pleasure to our lives. It helps us solve stubborn problems.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Curiosity can be separated into three categories:


  • Diversive curiosity is attraction to novelty. It’s what encourages us to explore new places, people and things. There is no method or process. This curiosity is just the beginning. (It’s also not always benign curiosity: High diversive curiosity is a risk factor for drug addiction and arson.)
  • Epistemic curiosity is a deeper quest for knowledge. It “represents the deepening of a simple seeking of newness into a directed attempt to build understanding. It’s what happens when diversive curiosity grows up.” This kind of curiosity requires effort. It’s hard work, but also more rewarding.
  • Empathic curiosity is putting yourself in another person’s shoes, curious about their thoughts and feelings. “Diversive curiosity might make you wonder what a person does for a living; empathic curiosity makes you wonder why they do it.”
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11 TED Talks To Give You Wanderlust

11 TED Talks To Give You Wanderlust | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Prepare to be swept away with longing for distant places. Hit play on these talks while you pack your real or imaginary bags for an epic journey.


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How Do You Explain Consciousness?

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Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.”


He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.

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Making Mistakes

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In this episode, TED speakers consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.

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What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Michael Harris is the author of The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection,” a new book about how technology affects society. It follows in the footsteps of Nicholas Carr, whose The Shallows is a modern classic of internet criticism. But Harris takes a different path from those that have come before. Instead of a broad investigation into the effects of constant connectivity on human behaviour, Harris looks at a very specific demographic: people born before 1985, or the very opposite of the “millennial” demographic coveted by advertisers and targeted by new media outlets.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This is an excellent article by Leo Mirani about a subject close to my heart.


People born before 1985 are the middle generation. We’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languagesWe are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, August 24, 2:42 AM

”If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”

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Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, both good and bad.

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Communication, Knowledge and Information in the Human Ecosystem

Communication, Knowledge and Information in the Human Ecosystem | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In the Digital Age, the age of Communication, Information and Knowledge, the possibility to capture, express, observe, visualize and understand the patterns for behaviour, emotion, opinion, expression, movement and more, potentially for hundreds of millions of people at a time, has brought the term “ethnography” in the spotlight for both academic and popular crowds.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

In the 2 1/2 years that I've been curation, I haven't come across an article that I didn't quite know how to capture. It is a challenging read, but there are some interesting ideas about awareness of one’s position within a relational ecosystem.

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Lis Marrow's curator insight, August 5, 4:40 PM

again....thanks for helping!

Eli Levine's curator insight, August 23, 7:15 AM

All is perspective.  We each and all have different interpretations of the reality that is around us, because we each and all have different brains and sense organs which pick up and interpret the reality that is around us.

 

Some opinions and beliefs, however, are more accurately sensing the real world than others.  Furthermore, the only appropriate way to pursue information and data about the real world is to be like an interrogator, seeking the truth, and a gold prospector, panning for the valuable and relevant information in your given area.  It's when there is open communication, honest dialogue, and a spirit of cooperation that we get the end results that are useful to us, as policy makers, and as social scientists, trying to uncover the truth about our world.  All other perspectives, attitudes, and methods, are most likely bunk and produce bunk relative to our common reality.

 

Reality is a dictatorship.  It simply is and does not care what you think feel, believe, or hope for.  You only obey it, or you die.  That's my new insight into the world.  Screw post-modernism.

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Top 10 Ways to Change Your Mindset

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Your mindset is everything; it forms your attitudes, moods, and ideas. It also forms your future; the success or the failure in your life depends on the ways you set your mindset. If you thought takes into the negative side, this will produce the negative result. While in positive, the result will be in positive as well. To change your mindset be always in positive thought. Here are 10 ways to go about it.

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How To Successfully Build A New Habit

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Understanding how to build new habits is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. Here are the five principles.

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Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 19, 8:48 AM

Many of our habits do not support our growth, development and success. Rather than break an old habit that doesn't work. Replace it with a new habit that does. This article shows you how in very digestible steps. Your mentoring partner is the perfect person to turn to for support as you develop your new habit.

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How to Find Yourself

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 My Advice: Letters to the Next Generation from People Who Know a Thing or Two is a compendium of sensitive, no-bullshit, luminous, life-tested letters of advice, including Martha Nussbaum on learning not to despise your inner world, Judith Butler on doubting love, and more contributions from such cultural icons as Mark Helprin, Lynda Barry, Katharine Hepburn,Cindy Sherman, George Saunders, Bette Davis, and William S. Burroughs.


Blog post by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings. 

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Leap Before You Think

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Before he began Apple, Steve Jobs spent seven months in India, something that is described in his biography by Walter Isaacson. In it, Jobs talks poetically about the difference between intellect and intuition.


“The people in the Indian countryside do not use their intellect like we do,” he said. “They use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect in my opinion.”


Jobs was not a fan of India. If he identified intuition as the one Indian thing that he wanted to emulate, that is worth considering. There are a few Sanskrit words for intuition: pratibha being the most common one. Developing intuition, discernment (or viveka) and wisdom (vijnana) have been Indian preoccupations for centuries.


Different cultures are obsessed with different things at different stages in their evolution. Japan, for instance, is obsessed with refinement and perfectionism. Singapore is obsessed with systems. China, with scale. The US, with innovation. Ancient Indians were obsessed with self-cultivation; to figure out “how God thinks”, as Albert Einstein said.


In a quote attributed to Einstein, he said:


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”


Notice that this scientist used the word sacred - proving that the rational and the intuitive are not as disconnected as we make them out to be.


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Excellent article from Live Mint/Wall Street Journal about how to hone your intuitive powers. A recommended read. 

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