Poems on the Underground

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Poems on the Underground, launched in 1986.

The idea:  American writer Judith Chernaik (who wanted to bring poetry to a wider audience.)

“Poems are displayed on posters in 3,000 advertising spaces in train carriages across London, and are usually changed three times a year. They are selected by Judith Chernaik, together with poets Cicely Herbert and Gerard Benson.”

The scheme is supported by TfL, Arts Council England andThe British Council.

‘The programme showcases a diverse range of poetry, including classical, contemporary, international and work by new poets. It’s also proved to be a great way of introducing the public to poetry, with passengers often wanting to read more. “


The Forbidden Education – La Educación Prohibida

La Educación Prohibida – The Forbidden Education (subtitled English)

TED Talk. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

 Neuroplasticity. Our brain does not define who we are. The brain can be changed, it can be trained.

Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Program, and the author of the international best-selling book (www.barbaraarrowsmithyoung.com).

BOOK to read:


Arrowsmith-Young is recognized as the creator of one of the first practical applications of the principles of neuroplasticity to the treatment of learning disorders. Her program is implemented in 54 schools internationally.


TED Talk. Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance

Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance


Ignorance = unaware, uninformed (no negative connotation)

Thoroughly conscious ignorance is a prelude to any advance in science”    James Clark Maxwell 

We use knowledge to come up with ‘high quality ignorance’.

“Instead of asking: How much you know about it?, we could say:  What can you ask about it?”

The purpose of knowledge is to be able to ask the right questions.

🙂   –   “It is very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if it’s not there.”

“ (…) by the time you get to your PhD it turns out you know tremendous ammount about almost nothing…”

TED Talk. The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach

The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success: Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

Some people see intelligence or abilities as fixed (Fixed Mindset), others as qualities that can be developed (Growth Mindset). They leave to different behaviours and results.

The gap in performance between students with Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset. Grades increase overtime with people Growth Mindset.

Growth and Fixed Mindset praises: You must be good at this! Vs You worked very hard!

It’s very important to tell parents give their kids feedback that is process related, not talent praising in order not to put the Fixed Mindset.

Midset affects workplace: Employers/Managers with Fixed Mindset don’t welcome feedback as much and encourage their employee’s as much.

Eduardo Briceno thinks 3 things help us change mindset:

  • -Recognise that Growth Mindset is not only beneficial , but it’s also supported by science
  • – Learn about how to develop our abilities
  • – Listen to the voice in your head. “If you hear I can’t do it! Add ‘yet’

TED Talk. The First 20 Hours – How to Learn Anything: Josh Kaufman.

The First 20 Hours – How to Learn Anything: Josh Kaufman.

How do we learn quickly? How long does it take to acquire a new skill?

“10,000 rule: the amount of hours to get to the top of the competitive field in a very narrow subject…. (from the book  – “Outliars: The Story of Success” Malcolm Gladwell, 2007) – became bestseller –  overtime became 10,000 hours to learn something


20hours (45 mins per day for one month) of focused deliberate practice to become reasonably good in something from ‘I-am-grossly-incompetent-and-I-know-it’ starting point.

Getting past the Initial Frustration Barier by commiting to a minimum of 20 hours to practice




TED Talk. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Ken Robinson talks how through life people are educated out of their creative capacity.

“Children Starting school this year will be retiring at 2065. (…) Nobody has a clue what the rold will look like in 5 years and yet we go to be educating them…”

“Creativity is as importatnt in education as literacy.”

🙂    –

Teacher:      “Who are you drawing?”

Girl:                 “I am drawing God.”

Teacher:       “But no one knows how God looks like…”

Girl:                 “They will in a minute!”

“The whole purpose of public education around the Earth is to produce university professors.”“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.”

“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it… Or rather we are educated out of it.”

Every country in the world has the same hierarchy of subjects:

  • Mathematics and Science
  • Humanities
  • Arts and Music

Intelligence is:

  • Diverse
  • Dynamic

“Creativity comes through interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.”

“Our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology. For that, we need to start seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are.”

An evening with Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman Talk. Action for Happiness.  (24.10.13)


Can you be happy for no reason?

Mindfulness vs Self-Consciousness

Book to read:



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The Narcissism of Minor Differences –  a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1917, based on the earlier work of British anthropologist Ernest Crawley: ‘Crawley, in language which differs only slightly from the current terminology of psychoanalysis, declares that each individual is separated from others by a “taboo of personal isolation”…this “narcissism of minor differences”‘. The term describes ‘the phenomenon that it is precisely communities with adjoining territories, and related to each other in other ways as well, who are engaged in constant feuds and ridiculing each other’ – ‘such sensitiveness (…) to just these details of differentiation’.   (wiki definition)


The Flynn effect:

In the 1980s, psychologist James Flynn discovered that, over the past century, our average IQ has increased dramatically. The difference, in fact, is so stark that the phenomenon garnered its own name: the Flynn effect.

(… if you scored people a century ago against today’s norms, they’d have an IQ of 70, while if you score us against their norms, we’d have an average IQ of 130. In the years since his original discovery, Flynn has investigated just what this evolution is all about. Our ancestors weren’t on the verge of mental retardation, nor are we all intellectually gifted.

Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents? Flynn argues that the effect comes down to three types of thinking:

  • classification
  • using logic on abstractions
  • taking the hypothetical seriously

Kids are tested in school on their ability not just to recite facts, but to apply logic to abstract scenarios. These types of thinking are also demanded by our jobs, as cognitively demanding professions have risen in popularity and importance. “Some of the habits of mind that we have developed over the twentieth century have paid off in unexpected areas.”


The Marshmallow Test

Marshmallow experiment- series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s led by psychologist Walter Mischel (Stanford University). In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward,  provided immediately or two small rewards if he or she waited until the experimenter returned. In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, and other life measures. However, recent work calls into question whether self-control, as opposed to strategic reasoning, determines children’s behavior.


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Negative Attribution Bias  –  a cognitive bias that refers to the systematic errors made when people evaluate and/or try to find reasons for their own and others’ behaviors.” People constantly make attributions regarding the cause of their own and others’ behaviors; however, attributions do not always accurately mirror reality. Rather than operating as objective perceivers, people are prone to perceptual errors that lead to biased interpretations of their social world.

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More Books to read:

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The Amazings

The Amazings


“Learning from the life experience of elders.

The world is moving quickly and spinning ever faster towards the Next. New. Thing. But loving the new doesn’t mean neglecting the old. There’s value in knowledge that has been hard won; value in experience that has been built up over a lifetime.


Like turning a forgotten fabric into a beautiful quilt, we want to upcycle heritage skills into something vital for a new era. We value the past but we also value blending different crafts, different ideas, and different generations.

Preserving knowledge. Encouraging generations to collaborate. Sharing stories.”