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Monthly Archives: September 2011

It’s 6:30am and I’m off to catch the ferry over to Victoria island. I’ll be seeing Emily Carr’s house as well as going to the Bug Museum; and getting in some Tai Chi at their local centre on a rented bicycle, for the day before returning on tomorrow’s ferry 🙂


It is 4pm here in Vancouver B.C. and I’ve settled into my hotel, bought some groceries, had lunch and then I noticed over my bed was this painting of Picasso’s-it was meant to be that he’s here to inspire me 🙂

Research over the past few decades suggests that there are at least four broad, trainable skill sets or competencies people can use to manage stress non-destructively: source management (reducing/eliminating the source of stress), relaxation (practicing breathing/exercises/meditation), thought management (correcting irrational thinking and interpreting events in ways that don’t hurt you), and prevention (planning and conducting your life so that you avoid stressors.

Info obtained from further reading of Scientific American Mind issue The Two Faces Of Stress article ‘Fight The Frazzled Mind’ by Robert Epstein

I’m off this morning for my yearly vacation to the West coast; this time able to visit the Emily Carr House before they close for the Winter, (in Victoria) tomorrow. I can’t wait 🙂

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Americans with an Asian background do not value the presence of positive emotions in their lives as much as other Westerners do…Easterners learn to detach themselves from their emotions, embracing a life of evenness rather than of ups and downs.

Americans sometimes overemphasize fortune and fame and undervalue the use of personal strengths and the achievement of results that benefit others…success boosts well-being if it comes from excelling at activites that you and others respect, rather than from simply doing better than others.

Info obtained from Scientific American Mind issue The Two Faces Of Stress further reading of article ‘The Many Faces Of Happiness’ by Suzann Pileggi Pawelski

Toronto – Nuit Blanche

Alexis Mitchell & Sharlene Bamboat: Border Sounds
@ The Atrium on Bay Underground Lot, P1

Sharlene Bamboat is a film and video artist whose work centers around aspects of diasporas, critiques of nationalism, and the ways in which the queer body relates to sites of mobility.
Alexis Mitchell is a documentary filmmaker and media artist whose work explores performativity, memory, statehood, space and architecture.
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Research suggests that although the U.S. is economically richer than Denmark the Danes are psychologically better off. The difference may lie in a person’s ability to trust other people’s good intentions. Scientists have linked happiness with so-called social capital, which includes measures of public trust and cooperation.

Info obtained from Scientific American Mind issue The Two Faces Of Stress article ‘The Many Faces Of Happiness’ by Suzann Pileggi Pawelski

The neuroplastic revolution has implications for…our understanding of how love, sex, grief, relationships, learning, addictions, culture, technology, and psychotherapies change our brains.

All of the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences…All of these disciplines will have to come to terms with the fact of the self-changing brain and with the realization that the architecture of the brain differs from one person to the next and that it changes in the course of our individual lives.

Info obtained from the book I’m currently reading titled The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

And the bigger cities get, the more productive and efficient they tend to become…we can say with certainty, that increased population promotes more intense and frequent social interactions, that correlate with higher rates of productivity and innovation, as well as economic pressures that weed out inefficiencies…the feedback mechanism is the principle reason cities accelerate innovation, while diversifying and intensifying social and economic activity.

Info obtained from Scientific American issue Better Greener Smarter Cities article ‘Engines of Innovation’ by Edward Glaeser

In essence we have two modes for dealing with information-autopilot and conscious engagement…our conscious problem solving abilities let us register nuanes in our environments…what makes humans unique is another level of plasticity that allows us to consciously solve problems.

Info obtained from the Scientific American Mind issue The Two Faces Of Stress article Primal Brain In The Modern Classroom by David C Geary