Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Yuval Harari: "Techno-Religions and Silicon Prophets" | Talks at Google

Yuval Harari: "Techno-Religions and Silicon 
Prophets" | Talks at Google 

Techno-Religions and Silicon Prophets: 

Will the 21st century be shaped by hi-tech gurus or by religious zealots – or are they the same thing?

What is the current status of religions and ideologies in the world, and what will be the likely impact of 21st-century technological breakthroughs on religion and ideology? 

Will traditional religions and ideologies—from Christianity and Islam to Liberalism and Socialism—manage to survive the technological and economic revolutions of the 21st century?

What would be the place of Islam, for example, in a world of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence? 

The talk addresses these questions, and argues that the future belongs to techno-religions, which promise salvation through technology, and which are already gathering believers in places such as Silicon Valley.


About the Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

He specializes in World History, medieval history and military history. 

His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: 

What is the relation between history and biology? 

Is there justice in history? 

Did people become happier as history unfolded? 

His most recent book is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. 

The book surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of Homo sapiens in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the Silicon Age. 

It has become an international bestseller, and has been translated into close to 30 languages worldwide. 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019


He looked at his own Soul
with a Telescope.  What seemed 
all irregular, he saw and 
shewed to be beautiful
Constellations; and he added 
to the Consciousness hidden
worlds within worlds.

Coleridge, Notebooks

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TOP 20 Arthur Rubinstein Quotes

Kathleen Battle - Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileires No. 5

Kathleen Battle - Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileires No. 5

Kathleen Battle 1st movement of Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileires no. 5 concertoes for voice and eight cellists.
From "Gala of the Stars 1985"

Barnes Lecture 2019 - Jon Kabat-Zinn

In his talk, "The Public Health Roots of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction," Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn described the core elements of MBSR, its roots in public health, and some of the lines of evidence supporting its clinical effectiveness across a wide range of medical conditions and diagnoses.

Brown University
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mindfulness as a Love Affair with Life: An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness as a Love Affair with Life: An Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn - Where Is This All Going, and What’s Love Got to Do With...


Lovers - Kathleen Battle.

Lovers - Kathleen Battle.

This song is used at the end of the movie, House of Flying Daggers.

Composer - Shigeru Umebayashi
Singer- Kathleen Battle


There was a field in my old town
Where we always played hand in hand
The wind was gently touching the grass
We were so young, so fearless.

Then I dreamt o'er and over,
Of you holding me tight under the stars
I made a promise to my dear lord,
I will love you forever

Time has passed
So much has changed
But the field remains in my heart
Oh, where are you?
I need to tell you I still love you
So I reach out for you,
You fly around me like a butterfly.
Your voice still echoes in my heart,
You are my true love.

There was a field in my old town,
Where in spring all flowers blossomed wide.
We were chasing butterflies
Hand in hand till close of day.
Your voice still echoes in my heart.

Kathleen BATTLE - Videoclips from Japan


Kathleen Battle sings
- Del Cabello más sutil (Obradors)
- Plaisir d'amour (Martini)
- Ombra mai fù (Händel)

Kathleen Battle - 5 Japanese Love Songs

Kathleen Battle - 5 Japanese Love Songs

Hatsukoi (First Love), for voice & piano
Composed by Tatsunosuke Koshitani
with Kathleen Battle

Hana (Cherry Blossom Time), folksong
Composed by Rentaro Taki
with Kathleen Battle

Kono Michi, folk song, for voice & piano
Composed by Kosaku Yamada
with Kathleen Battle

Hamabe-no-uta, for voice & piano
Composed by Tamezo Narita
with Kathleen Battle

Sakura, Sakura, arr. for voice & harp
Composed by Kosaku Yamada
with Nancy Allen, Kathleen Battle

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

TEDGlobal, London

How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

Daniel Levitin · Neuroscientist
Daniel Levitin incorporates findings from neuroscience into everyday life.

New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.


The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload 
– September 1, 2015
by Daniel J. Levitin (Author)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Just call me a misanthrope:

Just call me a misanthrope:

Misanthropy is the general hatred, dislike, distrust or contempt of the human species or human nature. A misanthrope or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings.

Gustave Flaubert once declared that he would "die of suppressed rage at the folly of [his] fellow men." 



There is nothing permanent except change.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

A man's character is his fate.

Nothing endures but change.

The road up and the road down is one and the same.

The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.

Much learning does not teach understanding.

All is flux, nothing stays still.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

“Many fail to grasp what they have seen,
and cannot judge what they have learned,
although they tell themselves they know.”
— Heraclitus 

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Satchidananda Saraswati, born as C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder and known as Swami Satchidananda, was an Indian religious teacher, spiritual master and yoga adept, who gained fame and following in the West. He was the author of philosophical and spiritual books.

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Before seeing her name here and reading a bit, I thought her musical and spiritual work was all about John Coltrane and his spiritual ideas. Where do these wrong ideas come from?

After the death of her husband, Coltrane experienced a period of trial. She suffered from severe weight loss and sleepless nights, as well as hallucinations.

This tapas (a Sanskrit term she used to describe her suffering), led her to seek spiritual guidance from the guru Swami Satchidananda and later from Sathya Sai Baba. By 1972, she abandoned her secular life, and moved to California, where she established the Vedantic Center in 1975.

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“Bhikkhus, the teaching is merely a vehicle to describe the truth. Don’t mistake it for the truth itself. 

A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know the real moon.
The teaching is like a raft that carries you to the other shore. 

The raft is needed, but the raft is not the other shore. An intelligent person would not carry the raft around on his head after making it across to the other shore. 

Bhikkhus, my teaching is the raft which can help you cross to the other shore beyond birth and death. Use the raft to cross to the other shore, but don’t hang onto it as your property. Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go.”

“Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

-Elmore Leonard on writing.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” 

--Golda Meir

Life is a series of probabilities, choose well.

When you start doubting, you bring in negative energy which makes you start doubting yourself. Whereas failures make you more determined to try harder. Always stay positive, never give up on your dreams and what you believe in.

If your happiness depends on the others, you are a slave; you are not yet free, you are in bondage, you are in the trap of people and circumstances.

The pain will end. The tears will stop. The doors will open. A season of miracles and blessings are on the horizon. Don't give up.

"If you don't fight for what you want, Don't cry for what you lost." - Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita