Pandemic Greed


Pandemic Greed

Artistic Picture to help us think about what happened during quarantine on this 2020.

Now we can be more conscious after general panic.

Why we act like this?

Is it right?

Is it helpful?

How you feel about this image?

After all, when everything is passed. Could you do it again?

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Tank Man


Tiananmen Square – 5 June 1989 (footages)

Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified Chinese man who stood in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, the day after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests by force.

Internationally, it is considered one of the most iconic images of all time. Inside China, the image and the events leading up are subject to heavy state censorship.

Don’t call me balaha


“Prison Doesn’t Kill, Loneliness Does”: Film-maker Who Mocked The Egyptian President Al-Sisi Dies In Prison, For a Song Calls Him “BALAHA.

This song has more than 6 Million views.
After one month from releasing a video-clip for the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, Shady Habash (24 yo) a youth Egyptian film-maker was arrested on March 2018. Shady was imprisoned without trial for more than two years.
On first May Shady died in his cell, in a maximum-security prison complex, as a result of a health crisis. His lawyer Ahmed El-Khawaga said the cause of death was not immediately clear.

“Prison doesn’t kill, loneliness does,” he wrote, describing what he called his struggle to “stop yourself from going mad or dying slowly because you’ve been thrown in a room two years ago and forgotten.”

Wrote Shady in the last letter from prison on October.

Instead, the singer Ramy Essam is exilian in Sweden. He continues his battle for Human Rights and political freedom in Egypt with a beautiful rock music flavoured with Arabic style and influence of hip-hop. He’s a famous singer-activist known in Egypt since the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

Galal El-Behairy, who wrote the song performed in the video was also arrested in 2018 for “insulting security forces” and “disseminating false news”.

The song is mocking Al-Sisi and the political situation in Egypt. In fact the song’s lyric attack with “Balaha” it means “a Date” (the fruit). It’s a derisive nickname given to Al-Sisi by his detractors in reference to a character in an Egyptian movie known for being a notorious liar.
The lyrics of the song say: “OH SHINY BROWNY MR. DATES, 4 YEARS HAVE FINALLY PASSED IN DISGRACE…” referring to the end of the first term of Egyptian President (or Dictator) Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and criticism of his candidacy for a second term.

The video has seen millions of times, showing the power of a free Internet despite rising calls for creeping forms of censorship from some politicians and academics in the world.

Al-Sisi built 19 prison complex during his government and there are 60’000 political prisoners detained in Egypt, according to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. The interesting part is that Al-Sisi denies publicly to the world that Egypt is holding any political detainee (as a “Balaha”).

In Habash’s memory and in support for all of those still fighting for free expression in Egypt, Ramy Essam released a song where he publishes last Shadi’s letter (with sub):

If You’d like to listen more beautiful songs by Ramy Essam we made a short playlist below there:

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The “Great Intelligence”


What greatest minds think about?

Big questions need also great minds!
To not writing kilo-meters of words we can think about by intuition, new vision and logic. Here we’ll collect thoughts from the greatest scientists in our history. Yes, nothing about theologists.
Ok! why there has to be a “Creator” or a “Great Intelligence”?
Atheists say: “We can’t proof it by science and we can’t see anything. Then God doesn’t exist.” Agnostics, on the other hand, claim that the existence of any deity is unknown or unknowable.

“Atheist or Agnostic” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

One of most famous and contemporary agnostic scientists is Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in his last years as he wrote in a letter (1879) to John Fordyce:
<< [My] judgment often fluctuates…. Whether a man deserves to be called a theist depends on the definition of the term … In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. — I think that generally (and more and more so as I grow older), but not always, — that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind. >>
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Charles_Darwin

https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/commentary/religion/what-did-darwin-believe

Albert Einstein

It’s really interesting cause a scientist see Nature and Universe by a completely different way rather than a usual man. A great scientist spend his lifetime looking for the deepest laws and rules in our cosmos.
<< Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect. Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality and intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order. […] This firm belief, a belief bound up with a deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God. In common parlance this may be described as “pantheistic” (Spinoza). >>
A.Einstein, in answers he gave to the Japanese magazine “Kaizō” in 1923.
Albert Einstein had a special and personal concept of God, influenced also by Spinoza (1632-1677, philosopher).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_and_philosophical_views_of_Albert_Einstein#Personal_God

Galileo Galilei

<< Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. >>
<< Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth. >>
— Galileo Galilei in “The Assayer” (1623), as translated by Thomas Salusbury (1661), p. 178, as quoted in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science (2003) by Edwin Arthur Burtt, p. 75

“Why it’s so hard for a scientist to believe in God”- Dr. Francis Collin

<< Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith “is really asking a different set of questions, […] >>
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Collins

“Is God a Mathematician?” – Dr. Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku says that God could be a mathematician:
<< The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God. >>
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michio_Kaku

The ultimate doubts

Ironically, during last years scientific community started to have some doubts about our universe. Several physicists started to think that we could live in a world simulation. It sounds more like a plot of “The Matrix”.
The popular argument for the simulation hypothesis came from University of Oxford by philosopher Nick Bostrum in 2003.
<< Moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the museum’s Hayden Planetarium, put the odds at 50-50 that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s hard drive. “I think the likelihood may be very high,” he said. He noted the gap between human and chimpanzee intelligence, despite the fact that we share more than 98 percent of our DNA. Somewhere out there could be a being whose intelligence is that much greater than our own. “We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence,” he said. “If that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just a creation of some other entity for their entertainment.” >>
— From “Scientific American” magazine, 07 April 2016.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/
<< The idea that we live in a simulation has some high-profile advocates.
In June 2016, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk asserted that the odds are “a billion to one” against us living in “base reality”.
Similarly, Google’s machine-intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil has suggested that “maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high-school student in another universe”. >>
— From “BBC Earth” magazine, 05 September 2016.
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160901-we-might-live-in-a-computer-program-but-it-may-not-matter

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/02/elon-musk-tesla-space-x-paypal-hyperloop-simulation

Last of all we are still far from any kind of answer.
If we want to be extremely realistic we can hold just some hypotheses. There’s could be anything that we can’t imagine out here.
We’re living an incredible technological evolution. Doesn’t matter if we are realistic or a dreamers, we should always remember how much we’re small in this incredible universe. Let’s think little bit more about our mysterious existence. Let’s watch our sky more time like when we were kids. ”Questions”and “imagination” are our tools.
If you’d like to share your opinion or something about this Topic, comment down here or write us an e-mail at

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Powerful Learning


“5 INNOVATIVE METHODS TO IMPROVE YOUR STUDYING STRATEGY”

Let’s take a fast and easy introduction to the best  methods and skills recently discovered to improve your studying ability:

  1. The first 20 hours
  2. Speed reading
  3. Mind Maps
  4. Standing desk

1) THE FIRST 20 HOURS

A special and funny TED Talk by Josh Kaufman, author of “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything … Fast”
Where He says that we need just 20 hours to master the basics of any discipline.

2) SPEED READING

“After a childhood speech impediment left him struggling to read, Jordan Harry learned strategies from world leading speed readers to dramatically enhance his reading ability. Jordan now helps others unleash their potential to learn anything faster. Because he knew that spending hours reading books and watching seminars was not as effective as it could be.”

Stephen Lawrence found that most research in the finance industry rarely gets a glance beyond the front page. Lawrence has dedicated his career to making research reports more digestible, using a refined mixture of machine learning, big data and good old-fashioned human insight.

3) MIND MAPPING

“Tony Buzan was an English author and educational consultant. He was a promoter of mnemonic systems and mind mapping techniques
Tony Buzan popularised the idea of mental literacy, radiant thinking, and a technique called mind mapping, inspired by techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Joseph D. Novak’s “concept mapping” techniques.”
(Source: Wkipedia)

5) STANDING DESK

From last researches we are sure about the more benefits of a “standing desk” insteading of the traditional one.  There’s a video that tells you why.

“Sitting down for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much more than we move around. Are our bodies built for such a sedentary existence? Murat Dalkilinç investigates the hidden risks of sitting down.”
Today just rare companies take seriously to include Standing desks in their offices also to improve productivity.

Anyway for studying or working at home be sure that it’s really simple to make your own DIY Standing Desk without spending money.

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DESIGNED TO THINK