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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
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Women's Restroom Sign Breaks Stereotypes

Women's Restroom Sign Breaks Stereotypes | this curious life |

The It Was Never a Dress campaign is not only taking social media by storm, it is also changing the way we view the traditional women's bathroom sign. We see that the men's figure wears pants and the women's symbol wears a dress, but what if it was never meant to be a dress in the first place?  Tania Katan launched the popular #ItWasNeverADress campaign at last week's 'Girls in Tech' conference with the idea that the female figure is instead wearing a cape, asserting that women can be superheroes or anything else they choose to be."

Via Seth Dixon
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 10:30 AM

I love this! Unit 3: Cultural landscape and norms.

Katie's curator insight, May 22, 2015 12:19 PM

In this article it suggest that the stereotypical dress for the the women bathroom sign is not a dress, but a cape. This hows that women can be superheroes or whatever they want to be. Still today there is a lack of women in he workforce compared to men. For every 4 men working working for Google there is 1 women and half of them quit because of the poor work environment. I think this helps represent that women are capable of anything. This is an example of women in the workforce and gender equity.  

Seth Forman's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:08 PM

Summary: This article basically explains the story of the recently emerged #ItWasNeverADress campaign. This is a pretty cool article because I never really payed attention to how even a restroom sign could be considered gender inequality. 


Insight: This article is relevant to unit 6 because gender inequality is an important measure of development.

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life? | this curious life |

This is the most-read article in Harvard Business Review’s history and led to the best-selling book of the same name.  It was written by Clayton M. Christensen (, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Professor Christenden wrote this for an end of school graduation for his students followinga serious health crisis, including a cancer-related stroke which, among other things, left him having to learn to speak again.  Reflecting on this experience and drawing upon the best practice business models he had successfully employed and taught he came to paradoxically simple yet profound conclusions about living meaningful lives.


Below is my interpretation of the main points made by the author.


'Management can be the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well.'  However, in order to be sure we find happiness in our careers and our lives we need to recognise that the most powerful motivator in our lives isn’t money.  Rather, it’s the opportunity to find meaning and purpose - to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for our achievements.


Having a clear purpose in life is essential to happiness and a work-life balance, so it is important to keep the purpose of our lives 'front and centre' when deciding how to spend our time, talents, and energy.  


Decisions about allocating personal time, energy and talent ultimately shape our life strategy.


Intimate and loving relationships with family and friends are the most powerful and enduring sources of happiness.


These processes will be enhanced by creating a harmonious and cooperative culture. In order to achieve this we need to ensure that we have the right 'tools' in terms of skills, knowledge and experience.


Avoid the'Marginal Costs Mistake': immoral or unethical behaviour based upon the 'just this once' premise may have short term (marginal costs) benefits, but this lack of integrity will be at the expense of long term goals.  


Entertain a 'humble' acknowledgement that it is possible to learn something from everybody and your learning opportunities will be unlimited.


Think about the measure by which you will judge your life and make a resolution to live every day in that context so that your life is successful because it is productive and meaningful.




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On the origin of music by means of natural selection

On the origin of music by means of natural selection | this curious life |
Do away with the DJ and scrap the composer. A computer program powered by Darwinian natural selection and the musical tastes of 7,000 website users may be on the way to creating a perfect pop tune, according to new research.


'The scientists set out to test a theory that cultural changes in language, art and music evolve through Darwinian natural selection, in a similar way to how living things evolve......................'

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Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society

Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society | this curious life |
In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar – ajar only.
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Does wisdom really come with age? It depends on the culture

It's certainly comforting to think that aging benefits the mind, if not the body. But do we really get wiser with age?


'As Grossmann and his colleagues predicted, young and middle-aged Japanese participants showed higher wisdom scores than same-aged Americans for conflicts between groups. For conflicts between people, older


Japanese still scored higher than older Americans, though this cultural difference was much smaller than the difference observed between the younger adults.

Interestingly, while older age was associated with higher wisdom scores for the American participants, there was no such relationship for the Japanese participants.

These findings underscore the point that culture continues to be important for human development, even into old age. While wisdom may come with winters for Americans, the same may not be true for other cultures.'

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