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WE ARE FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN AN EXCITING TIME FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. WHEN LOOKING AT THE EVOLUTION OF THE LAST DECADES, WE CAN SEE THE MANY RUPTURES. THIS EXCEEDS SEVERAL SCENARIOS OF SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES. THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES HELP US TO ADAPT MORE QUICKLY BY ALLOWING US TO LEARN A LOT OF THINGS AS LONG AS WE STAY IN THE FLOW. 

In his book, Petite Poucette, Michel Serres presents the great revolutions of humanity:

Oration or the time of Socrates, Support ⟹ message-body-voice;

Scripture or the time of Plato, the carrier on which the language is engraved ⟹ objects;

Printing or the time of Martin Luther = support-printed etchings ⟹ books and newspapers;

Digital or our time, universal access to knowledge ⟹ screens.

Soon, there will be no screens: 'No Interface' is in fast development. The next revolution will come from artificial intelligence which will deeply impact our brain and senses... With our connected resources, we are already augmented humans!

The digital revolution is only one parameter in this time of fast changes. Over the last 20 years, we have switched regularly from one paradigm shift to another.

—Life expectancy (in 1829, we were old at the age of 30). 

—Increasing population vs limited resources. 

—Refusing pain (we accept less suffering).

—A faster world (complexity, mobility, interactions).

— Reality increased (memory, images, imagination, intellectual ability, physical).

— Transhumanity (biorobots, neurology, race toward eternity).

As Michel Serres said: "This is an exceptional break in science and education in the mind and body."

The positive side is that with our smartphones now, we have access to all our friends, all places, all knowledge. Soon, glasses will replace our phones. We are entering into the fourth transformation.

A WELL-MADE HEAD WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN A WELL-FILLED HEAD.
— Michel de Montaigne

MEMORY IS CREATIVITY

By a well-made head, Montaigne meant an inventive mind. It is impossible to remember everything, what is important is our ability to navigate, finding interesting content and creating links between ideas, making associations to invent new forms. Whenever a memory resurfaces, it is a re-creation. Whenever we have a recollection, it's a creative act, as we re-invent the past with who we are right now. We are a little different every minute as time and experimentation transform us.

EMOTION - EMOTION

Emotional intelligence is a mega-intelligence, helping us to channel our emotions, knowing that emotions have a decisive influence on the development of individuals. It is the linchpin of social adaptation, reasoning, decision-making and memory. A person who knows how to develop his or her emotional intelligence contributes to fostering symbiosis with others.

The development of emotional intelligence helps to better develop our other forms of rational intelligence. People learn best when they are in a good mood, especially as it helps their memory to retain information. 

Meditation also helps to find an inner calm when we are overwhelmed by too many emotions. I encourage you to read (or reread) The Epic of Gilgamesh; a legendary tale of ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq today). This story is one of the oldest literary works of humanity, and is about the transformation of a man. This story is a perfect illustration that we are programmed by the culture in which we live, and that we are profoundly social beings. Big head rivalries are less effective and innovative than smaller heads working in cooperative networks. Scientists at Google embarked on a four-year study of how the best teams function and found that how a group interacts is more important than who is in the group.

THE SMALL WORLD NETWORK

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The "Small World Phenomenon" (also called the small world effect and is also known under the term "Milgram Paradox" because its results seem counterintuitive) is the assumption that everyone can be connected to any other individual by a short chain of social relations. This concept is similar to the experience of the small world study, conducted in 1967 by psychologist Stanley Milgram, which is the concept of "six degrees of separation." This suggests that two randomly selected US citizens are connected on average by a chain of six relationships."

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There are several methods to help to solve problems and to practice creativity, but most importantly, the best technique is to make it a natural process. Contrary to popular belief, creative people are often highly organized.

In other posts on this blog, I share tools and methodologies that are useful if you want to be more productive and creative. The first is to always be clear with your dreams and goals: it's the best way to fight against procrastination. To inspire you, you can read the post: Tomorrow, I will no longer procrastinate.

Emotional intelligence is a mega-intelligence, helping us to channel our emotions, knowing that emotions have a decisive influence on the development of individuals. It is the linchpin of social adaptation, reasoning, decision-making and memory. A person who knows how to develop his or her emotional intelligence contribute to foster symbiosis with others.

The development of emotional intelligence helps to better develop our other forms of rational intelligence. People learn best when they are in a good mood, especially to help memory to retain the information. 

Meditation also helps to find an inner calm when we are overwhelmed by too many emotions. I encourage you to read (or reread) The Epic of Gilgamesh, a legendary tale of ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq today). This story is part of the oldest literary works of humanity. It is about the transformation of a man. This story is a perfect illustration that we are programmed by the culture in which we live in; we are profoundly social beings. Big heads rivalry are less effective and innovative than smaller heads working in cooperative networks. "Scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of how the best teams function and find that how a group interacts is more important than who is in the group", explained Charles Duhigg, the author of Smarter, Better, Faster.

So embrace the scenius movement, read my other post on this topic to discover what it means to be part of this world movement based on collective intelligence.

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Brain & Creativity

Brain & Creativity