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Big-picture thinking: A new measure of intelligence

There exists a huge gap in practical intelligence among the so-called “smartest” people in our society.  Observing the various realms of science, medicine, experts and world events, we’ve concluded that our modern definition of “intelligence” (IQ) is seriously lacking.

Seeing the big picture with new intelligenceWhat’s lacking in these so-called “smart” people is the ability to see the bigger picture by assimilating information from a large number of seemingly unrelated sources. Or, stated in another way, even some of the most high-IQ people around can’t see the big picture because they get lost in the details.

From Mike Adams | Natural News

Memorization is not intelligence

See, the very concept of “intelligence” in our society is way off the mark. It isn’t intelligent to be able to memorize and regurgitate a huge number of facts and figures, yet this is precisely the measure of academic aptitude assessed in modern educational systems — especially in law school and medical school. To function as a crude human database of facts and figures is not very useful in an age where handheld computers and mobile computing devices can do the same thing.

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The Piano Passion of Eric Allaman

I recall over two decades ago as if it were yesterday – Eric passionately conveying to me his love and intrigue with the History of Berlin and its impact on his music. Eric’s passion manifests brilliantly through this latest composition “A Season of Losses”.

So beautiful, I feel the heart of your art, Eric! Play on!

Excerpt from Eric’s bio –

I took the route of countless artists before and moved to Paris, then Berlin, a city still divided between East and West. Barely scraping by on solo piano gigs in stylish hotels and smoky lounges, I got a break working with the electronica group, Tangerine Dream. In West Berlin, I began to merge my classical background with electronica aspects of synths, drum machines and sequencers.

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Remembering Gandhi’s 63rd Death Anniversary

Today was the 63rd anniversary of Gandhi’s death.

“Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

– Albert Einstein

On the 30th of January 1948, Gandhi woke up at his usual hour, 3:30 a.m. After the Gandhi's Funeralmorning prayer he put the final touches to the new constitution for Congress which he had been unable to finish the previous night. The rest of the morning was spent answering letters. Someone mentioned the fact that despite his poor health he was working incessantly. ‘Tomorrow’, he explained, ‘I may not be here’. ‘If I have to die I should like to die at the prayer meeting. You are wrong in believing that you can protect me from harm. God is my protector.’  Then, while holding a prayer meeting at Birla House, Delhi, Gandhi was shot dead.  A nation’s father was dead. >>Continued at Gandhi Worldwide 

Timeline: original post date jan 30, 2011

Will Entrepreneurial Journalism Change The World?

Rohit Bhargava a Senior Vice President at Ogilvy PR asks: What was the best article you read last year. Was it hard hitting, excellently researched, insightfully written article?  Now think about what it cost you to read it. Was it in a magazine you subscribe to? Or perhaps a website that you accessed and read for free?

For every conversation anyone starts about the future of journalism, the question that seems to follow closely behind is: what does the new business model for journalism needs to be in a world where the average citizen is increasingly expecting journalism to be a service provided for free (or at least, subsidized by someone else).

When it comes to today’s big questions about news and media, Bob Dylan sang it best: “The times they are a changing.”


Over the past few years, every time I spoke at a gathering of local newspaper professionals at the American Press Institute (API) or participated in a journalist-centric event from an organization like the South Asian Journalism Association (SAJA), the signs of worry in the industry were clear. A solution has started to emerge that is not only making waves in the field of journalism today – but also has the potential to reinvent the way that we consume and share media with one another.

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Arun Gandhi on Monotheistic ‘Dormancy’

Our dear friend Arun Gandhi posted a critical piece on monotheistic “dormancy” religion and politics at his Washington Post blog, which we are moved to repost here.  Arun examines the grossly apparent hypocrisy of the primary monotheistic traditions in his typical humble and insightful manner.rp_Gandhi_Arun-Photo_HEADSHOT_2011_Photo_Credit_Scott_Kafora_rdax_250x333.jpg

Arun Gandhi at Washington Post

I have never been able to reconcile the Catholic notion that the life of an unborn child is of greater value than the life of a living adult. They are willing to go to extremes to stop abortions but they have never, in living memory, called upon Catholics not to participate in any wars where innocent lives of adults are freely taken. This is justified by the notion of “Just War.” When is a war “Just?” The popular argument is that when it seeks to eliminate an evil personality like Hitler or Stalin or, in modern times, Saddam Hussein. This line of thinking implies that people who do bad things can be summarily eliminated to make the world a better place. But what of the millions who are killed in the process of eliminating one evil leader? Can it be said that all who follow orders of one evil leader automatically become evil themselves?

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The Great Organic Foods Deception

Organic is organic, or is it? “It would seem that it is all a matter of perspective when one takes a stroll through the mountains of documents on the FDA and USDA websites,” writes Barbara H. Peterson at the Farm Wars blog

The word “organic” is fast becoming a high-dollar money-maker for corporations smart enough to jump on the bandwagon and start marketing their products as “made with organic ingredients,” or “certified organic.” Even Monsanto is taking advantage of this burgeoning market, and people naïve enough to believe that what we have traditionally thought of as pure, organic food, is still that way, are being duped.

Organic Foods Deception

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