Emotional Intelligence · Our Subconscious

My Most Powerful Weapon.

This trend was not a marker of intelligence: The researchers looked at each student’s ACT score (1) and found that among students with the same ACT score, the more attractive ones did significantly better in class.

They also found that male professors were more likely than female professors to give higher grades to pretty women.

Here’s the kicker: When these same students took online courses, the deviation disappeared completely.

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Most professors are men. If you don’t believe me, just nip over to Linkedin and do a quick search. You’ll discover that most of them are. This doesn’t mean that women aren’t intelligent, humans are human after all. What it does mean is that humans – men and women – are partial when it comes to the truth. They want their version of the truth and that’s an end of the matter.

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Economics · Modern Times

Shrink Wrapped Chicken.

The Difference Between Chicken In London And Budapest.

Commodities are sold by the kilo for a known price. Everything else has been pared away.
Shrink wrapped items on the supermarket shelf. The price is dependent on nothing more than its weight. . Everything else has been sliced off. It’s the ultimate expression of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

It was a long time ago, when a friend from uni was a little boy and was sent to stay with his grandparents in Hungary. This would be in the sixties, when the eastern part of the capital, Budapest, was still semi-rural. Laszlo – Les to his friends who couldn’t pronounce his name – wondered what the brown fluffy birds were that ran about the streets. He was told that they were chickens. Baffled at this, he asked why they didn’t have plastic wrappers.

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A Sideways View · Economics

A Sideways View Of A Bomb.

What Is A Bomb?

701p-a-sideways-view-exposive_acme_bomb_prop_0A bomb is something that explodes, and has one clear objective: destruction of those who disagree with you. As such, it has no positive virtues. Destruction is not something that is positive in human society; in all cases where destruction exists in our lives, it exists as a challenge to us to first understand it and then transform it into something that is genuinely positive. Useful.

In this respect, the bomb represents the total failure of human compassion. There are those who say that war is merely an extention of diplomacy. The reality is that war is where diplomacy has failed. Humans are at their best communicative and understanding, bombs destroy the weak and the strong alike, irrespective of whether they are diplomats, butchers or babies. The human mind is able to discern such things, adjust itself in order to speak at the level of each person we meet that we might be better understood. A bomb does none of this.

It just blows your head off.

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Economics · Modern Times

What Is A Bank?

Hugely expensive buildings that lie in the most expensive parts of town. inside the massive and opulent atrium on the ground floor, the richness of the fittings will dazzle.
HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong.

Today, they are symbolized by the skyscraper. A polished and very expensive skyscraper at that. If you are allowed inside the massive and opulent atrium on the ground floor, the richness of the fittings will dazzle. The bank appears to be an august and important institution in a country’s economy; enormous institutions that are fantastically wealthy. Hugely expensive buildings that lie in the most expensive parts of town.

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Modern Times · Reality

Wim Wenders: Paris, Texas. Part 4.

The Tragedy Of Our Modern Time.

Travis is telling Jane about their life together, and doing so as though he were looking at them. Eventually Jane plucks up the courage to speak with him, to tell him that she’s pregnant.

For a man like Travis, her pregnancy brought him down to earth, it showed him that she did love him. He found work, and worked hard; he stopped drinking his problems now forgotten. All goes well, or as well as any birth will, and they have a son who they call Hunter.

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A Human Menagerie · Mind The Gap!

Wim Wenders: Paris, Texas. Part 3.

Houston, Texas.

Neither of them is cut out for surveillance work. Waiting is bad enough; surveillance means being alert whilst waiting: the tedium is doubled.
The stake-out in Houston. Travis quickly loses interest.
Credit: Road Movies Filmproduktion, WDR.

Travis and Hunter arrive in Houston, Texas. Anne had told Travis about how Jane had opened a bank account for Hunter and put money in it every month on the fifth. At the time of telling, it would be the second or third. This meant a decision had to be taken, and Travis took it. That’s when he and Hunter arrived at the roadside eatery to phone Anne.

On the morning of the fifth, Travis and Hunter have staked out the bank. Hunter at one end, Travis in the car at the other. Neither of them is cut out for surveillance work. Waiting is bad enough; surveillance means being alert whilst waiting: the tedium is doubled. Travis gets bored and starts looking elsewhere with his binoculars. Hunter falls asleep.

By luck or by chance – more likely a way to shorten the plot – Hunter wakes to see his mum in a little red motorcar.

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