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Scientist’s Passion for Music and the Creative Flow of Improvisation

“You can think of an experiment like a song — made up of many moving parts, but structured; sometimes very repetitive. Each little piece has to come together to make a bigger picture, or answer a question about the universe.” Charles Limb, a surgeon, neuroscientist, hearing specialist and musician sets forth, “music is the most complicated sound the brain can process”. He proclaims that the human brain is capable to process such a refined and complicated task due to its innovative capacity. “The idea that one can improvise a jazz solo today is a direct reflection of the fact that

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The Fox and The Grapes

A most wonderful example of cognitive dissonance theory of psychology, written in such a delightful fable by La Fontaine. Rosy and ripe, and ready to box, The grapes hang high o’er the hungry Fox He pricks up his ears, and his eye he cocks. Ripe and rosy, yet so high! He gazes at them with a greedy eye, And he knows he must eat and drink or die. When the jump proves to be beyond his power “Pooh!” says the Fox. “Let the pigs devour Fruit of that sort. Those grapes are sour!”   Translated by: William Trowbridge Larned  

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Sustaining Happiness in Life

Happiness is defined for ages since the beginning of time. It is a lifelong quest for us human beings. For some it is an activity, for another it is acceptance, for George Sand it is to love and be loved, for Marcus Aurelius it depends on the quality of your thoughts which should be sound and aligned with virtue…and for some people happiness is sustained simply by helping the other…The list of definitions is much longer than what is written here. To bring it down to the practical habitual life, many psychological studies were done on people who could sustain

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The Oceanic Feeling

The French Nobel laureate writer Rolland, having read Freud as early as 1909, long before Europe recognized his seminal work on the human psyche, regarded Freud as a fellow pilgrim on this black continent, courageous and genius navigator, and recognized the huge power of Freud’s findings at the turn of the century in 1909. When he later visited Freud and his daughter Anna Freud in their apartment in Vienna in 1924, they would exchange their views on the 19th century including the topics such as the power of man’s instincts, morality, fear, peace of mind, and hypocrisy. Rolland would describe

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The Creative Imagination of Harold and the Purple Crayon

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious, the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.       —Einstein Years ago, Harold and the Purple Crayon was on the bed time reading list of my children. Every time we read this little book containing only a few handmade purple drawings, and yet we found it as fascinating as the first time. It is the story of a 4-year old boy Harold, and his creative imagination, who with his purple crayon has the power to create a world of his own simply by

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The Therapeutic Effects of Music

“Sacred sounds charge the cortex of the brain and stimulate health and wellness.” —Dr. Alfred Tomatis Fifty years ago, the French scientist Dr. Alfred Tomatis was asked to find out the reasons for fatigue and lack of vigor among the monks in a Benedictine monastery. He found that the monks who regularly chanted Gregorian Chants had exceptional memories, coupled with higher energy levels, compared to those who did not chant. Following this research, Tomatis developed his method of sound therapy addressing children with a range of childhood disorders including auditory processing problems, dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, and autism.

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The Medicinal Herbs of King Solomon

How the Medicinal Herbs Grew in the Temple of Solomon-the Farther Mosque when Solomon entered it daily for worshipping and to guide the worshippers It was ordained by the Divine to David that the Farther Mosque would be built by his son, Solomon. When Solomon began the building the Farther Mosque, also known as the Temple of Solomon, it was like no other building seen. Every stone in the building that was broken off from the nearby mountain –was saying clearly,   “Take me along!”  Those doors and walls had become living. Like the door and the wall of   the body,

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The Divine Comedy

  But already my desire and my willWere being turned like a wheel, all at one speed,By the love which moves the sun and the other stars. Dante Alighieri[1265 Florence-1321 Ravenna]   Considered as one of the “chefs-d’oeuvre of literature” by Gustave Doré, the French painter,  Dante’s epic story describing the fascinating voyage to the afterlife is never outdated. Written in Italian at the time when Latin was the literary language, The Divine Comedy  has become timeless. Dante’s voyage, which he started to write at the age of 35 when he was sent to exile, is more than an individual voyage.

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Sources of Compassion and Happiness

  I have been pondering on the question: Is compassion inborn or can it be acquired through learning and practicing in a lifetime? Though I easily recognize compassion when I see it in another person, it is difficult for me to evaluate how compassionate I am as a person or if the degree of my compassion varies depending on the context. When I observe the people around me, I often notice that the ones who are compassionate tend to be relatively nonjudgmental and altruistic. Usually they are non-selective on whom to act with compassion. For example, a friend of mine

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The Novice Who Had Some Gold

A novice had a little store of gold. His sheikh knew this, although he had not been told. There was a journey that they had to make – The two set out, the young man and his sheikh; Then night came to the valley where they walked, And into the path they followed forked, The novice trembled for his hidden gold (Which makes its owners less than bold); “Which way to you advise?” he asked his sheikh. “There are two paths; which is the best to take?” The sheikh said: “Throw out what you cannot hide, Then either way will

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