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Wednesday 19 August 2020
Birth and death; productivity and ease; truth and illusion: this week’s Psyche is rich in opposites. Our own Sam Dresser brings a characteristically wry touch to his philosophical Guide on overcoming the fear of death. Fiona Woollard asks whether new mothers deserve the same accolades as marathon runners; we explore the theatrical unreality of pro wrestling and the distressing unreality of delusional beliefs. A drive for efficiency can truly hamper our ability to savour life and be open to the future. In that spirit, this week’s Film takes you on a poetic journey to an ancient Japanese farmhouse, restored with deep attentiveness by a couple whose love is an act of courage in itself.

– Brigid Hains, Editorial Director

What pro wrestling can teach us about the quest for truth
by Douglas Edwards
Philosophy can explain what kind of achievement it is to give birth
by Fiona Woollard
by Sam Dresser
Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better
by Barry Schwartz
Beliefs have a social purpose. Does this explain delusions?
by Anna Greenburgh
An elegy and a celebration of what it really means to find a home
16 minutes

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the Birth of Air Jordan? In the 1986 playoffs, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored 63 points to erase Elgin Baylor’s playoff scoring record. Even with his heroic effort, the Boston Celtics still won 135-131. “TV Guide” called this game “the birth of Air Jordan.”


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I have never been hurt by what I have not said.”

— Calvin Coolidge


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Indian, early 19th century

A light meal, especially lunch.


A type of lunchbox.

Examples of Tiffin in a sentence

“Would you like to join us for a tiffin before you leave?”

“My husband always packs up the leftovers in a tiffin for me to take to work for lunch.”

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is Fingerprint Day? In 1902, Denmark became the first country to adopt fingerprinting as a way to identify criminals. Human fingerprints are difficult to alter and durable over the life of an individual, making them suitable as long-term markers of human identity. The first documented fingerprints were taken in India in 1858 by Sir William J. Hershel.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

— Erma Bombeck

Seasoned Nuts Quotable

“Having the basics—a good bed to sleep in, good relationships, good food, and good sex—is most important, and those things don’t get much better when you have a lot of money or much worse when you have less. And the people one meets at the top aren’t necessarily more special than those one meets at the bottom or in between.”

“Listening to uninformed people is worse than having no answers at all.”

― Ray Dalio

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Videotape Recorder? Ampex demonstrated the first practical commercial videotape recorder in 1956. Get this – the selling price of these first VCRs was $75,000 per unit! Yikes!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”

— Richard Feynman

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Save water – take a shorter shower today
  2. Hold the door open for someone
  3. Be someone’s shoulder to cry on
  4. Help an elderly person cross the road or up the stairs
  5. Life can get really busy – take some time out to spend with a family member

JAY PARKHE’S Dark Poetry : Modified in “Corona’tion” times – Trilingual.

मै मोड़ी भाषा में गाता हूं (प्राचीन मराठी)
मैं संस्कृत में प्रार्थना करता हूं
मैं अपने दर्द को इ
तनी पुरानी भाषा में
व्यक्त करता हूं
यहां तक ​​कि पृथ्वी को भी
अब याद वो भाषाएँ नहीं है,

इतना अर्ध -मृत,
अर्ध-सेवानिवृत्त मुझे
कोरोना वायरस
का भय दिखाया
कि यह मुझे चाहता है
धूल में लौट जाओ’

Copytight Dhananajay Parkhe 2020 ©

मी मॉडी भाषेत (प्राचीन मराठी) गातो
मी संस्कृतीत प्रार्थना करतो
माझी वेदना वाहते आहे
जुन्या भाषेत
पृथ्वी ला देखील
आता लक्षात
त्या भाषा नसतात,

तर अर्ध-मृत
अर्ध सेवानिवृत्त मी
कोरोना विषाणू
ची भीती दाखवून मला
सांगितले जातेय
जा परत जा परत
त्याच धुळीत जा परत ‘

Copytight Dhananajay Parkhe 2020 ©

What Does WhatsApp University ? think about Novel Corona Virus.

This is a forwarded message – I do not know who wrote it.  I agree with some observations and disagree with some.  I leave it to readers’s judgement to take it or leave it.

Quote “Is the Corona Virus a deliberate Bio-warfare attack by China virtually amounting to WWIII? The speculation doing the rounds on the net Looks So Logical…Read on its a bit Lengthy but SPINE- CHILLING!

.After all Chinese Stock Market didn’t crash….American and European Markets did…. Destroy other markets and be ready to capture them in every How to dominate the world quickly?

STAGE 1. Create a virus and the antidote. 2. Spread the virus. 3. A demonstration of efficiency, building hospitals in a few days. After all, you were already prepared, with the projects, ordering the equipment, hiring the labor, the water and sewage network, the prefabricated building materials and stocked in an impressive volume. 4. Cause chaos in the world, starting with Europe. 5. Quickly plaster the economy of dozens of countries. 6. Stop production lines in factories in other countries. 7. Cause stock markets to fall and buy companies at a bargain price.

  1. Quickly control the epidemic in your country. After all, you were already prepared. 9. Lower the price of commodities, including the price of oil you buy on a large scale. 10. Get back to producing quickly while the world is at a standstill. Buy what you negotiated cheaply in the crisis and sell more expensive what is lacking in countries that have paralyzed their industries. . PS: Before laughing, read the book by Chinese colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, from 1999, “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s master plan to destroy America”,

. It’s all the Worth pondering.. Just Think about this… How come Russia & North Korea are totally free of Covid- 19? Because they are staunch ally of China. Not a single case reported from this 2 countries. On the other hand South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit.

How come Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus? China will say that their drastic initial measures they took was very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. I am sure they are using the Anti dote of the virus. Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon American economy will collapse as planned by China.

China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as USA is at present THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus…to cripple the economy and paralyse the nation and its Defense capabilities. Lately President Trump was always telling of how GREAT American economy was improving in all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create an economic havoc. s. Wuhan,s epidemic was a showcase.

At the peak of the virus epidemic. .. China’s President Xi Jinping…just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those effected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe…..but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus….that means a cure was already in place before the virus was released. Some may ask….Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015…so the chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES…Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ….so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction
China,s vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus. Now China have other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be slave to their master…CHINA. Just Think about it … The Doctor Who declared this virus was also Silenced by the Chinese Authorities…” End Quote.

Dark Poem by Jay Parkhe

Doing a bit of Dark Poetry
I awoke and flung the universe off discourse
Deep into that darkness tapping
I heard a planet, splendid canvassing
By then I saw the quantum mechanics
Of the Leaking? Weeping Uranus
So infamous for his Ups n down/ Uncertainties
On thisday my soul grew plutonian
Once upon a midnight universal
Much I marvelled the cosmic nebula
Read about the upcoming Quasar Tsunami
And thought of the upcoming Hanta Virus
When I thought of the universe
And Said – Wow!
I shall Go out of this world
Not with a whimper
But with BIG Bangs !

Loose Nuts- FAscinating News via PNUTs Newsletter I subscribe and recommend

Training To Be Fired

  • “Outskilling” is a new trend hitting workers across the country, but experts are not sure if this is the solution to the “automation takeover.” Programs are being developed and implemented to help workers prepare for potential layoffs by providing them skills and training to further their careers in an automated world, but no one is sure how successful this system will be.
  • Executives and upper-level white collar workers have long enjoyed the services of similar programs for decades, but it is a new exit strategy for blue collar workers and the “Everyday Joe.” Reports and studies have noted that less than half the country’s workforce is fully equipped to handle middle-skill jobs, despite those same workers taking up a majority of the labor market.
  • Outskilling could help those in low-wage positions commonly viewed as temporary CV-builders, such as jobs in kitchens or restaurants, which bodes will for large chain franchises such as McDonald’s, but there is a lot of doubt circulating on the cost-effectiveness of these training sessions and programs. Until further studies investigate deeper into the new phenomenon, it is hard to say whether it’s just another trend of the decade or it will be the solution to the age of automation. (BBC)

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On The Cyclical Nature Of Life

On The Cyclical Nature Of Life

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Up and down. That’s how you can describe real life in three words. But instead of accepting that life is cyclical, and that bad times are normal, we expect that we should always be on an upward cycle.

Almost everything we do involves other people. And because we’re emotional and inconsistent beings, outcomes are not consistent. Value investor and author of The Most Important Thing, Howard Marks explains this concept as follows:

“Mechanical things can go in a straight line. Time moves ahead continuously. So can a machine when it’s adequately powered. But processes in fields like history and economics involve people, and when people are involved, the results are variable and cyclical.”

We can extend that conclusion to life in general. I can’t think of a human process that’s not cyclical. Take personal energy. It would be great if our energy would be consistently high, wouldn’t it? But most of us have days we feel great, and we have days we feel like a bag of potatoes.

My aim with personal energy is to be as consistent as possible. I would rather be at 80% of my full energy potential every day instead of being 95% one day and 30% the next.

There is only so much within our control. And even if we work with things that are inside of our control, we still can’t control everything. Again, personal energy is a perfect example.

You can have a balanced lifestyle with enough sleep, nutritious food, and regular exercise, but still, you will have days you lack energy. Why is that? No one knows. The human body and mind are not like math. But this is something we don’t appreciate enough in life.

Measure the temperature

When Howard Marks talks about market cycles, he clearly states we can’t predict the future. Just because the market is going up for X years, it doesn’t mean that next year it will go down. You can’t extrapolate trends.

Understanding cycles will only help you to understand where you are now. When it comes to investing, Marks recommends to “figure out where we stand in terms of each cycle and what that implies for our actions.” Here’s what a market cycle looks like:

Image by: Gavinsblog

Let’s say that the market is currently in a Euphoria state. Does that mean it’s close to an Anxiety state? No one knows how long the current state will last. So we can’t make predictions.

But we must know where we are in the first place. When we’re aware of what’s going on around us, we won’t be battered around by our surroundings. That’s one of the key strategies value investors use. And I think we can apply it to life in general. Here are a few examples:

  • Businesses—How long have you been in business? How many people in your industry are aware of your business? What’s the state of your industry? Is your product/service widely accepted? Or is it still considered as an innovation that’s not for everyone? How mature is your market?
  • Careers—How many years of experience do you have? How big is your network? How much knowledge do you have? Is your skill still relevant in the economy?
  • Energy—How do you feel? Do you have any big injuries? What does your lifestyle look like? Do you use drugs? Do you drink alcohol? What season is it? Do you feel tired in the winter?

Everything is cyclical. Some businesses grow fast and bust quickly. Other businesses grow slow and never experience any exponential growth. Most jobs become irrelevant at some point. Some days, weeks, or months, you might feel weak. Or you might feel strong for years in a row and never get injured or ill.

But nothing will remain the same forever. None of the above questions and implications means you can predict the future. If you’ve been feeling low on energy for the past four weeks, it doesn’t mean you will automatically feel better next week. It also doesn’t mean you’ll feel worse.

Use cycles to make your decisions

Understanding where we are in a cycle helps us to make better decisions. When you’re low on energy, you want to preserve it and avoid actions that drain you. When you’re spread too thin, you want to take a step back, you don’t want to start a new project. Because what happens if you do that? You might burn out.

I’ve been using cycles to make career decisions as well. When I started my blog, I tried a lot of different things. I created different types of content, changed the design of my site, covered all kinds of topics, used different media channels, and so forth.

In the beginning of the cycle, I said yes to everything. But 4,5 years later, I’m more focused on specific actions. I say no to more things. For now, that helps me to build something very specific. Later in the cycle, that might change again.

The main lesson I learned is that nothing in life is static. We must respect the cyclical nature of life. And when we’re aware of where we stand in the cycle, we can make better decisions.

While there are a lot of ups and downs, understanding cycles will make you less susceptible to those changes. In fact, when you make good decisions, cycles will work in your favor.

That’s how value investors like Warren Buffett and Howard Marks weren’t affected in the financial crisis of 2008-2009. They realized where they were in the cycle and adjusted their actions.

If we do the same for every aspect of our lives, we can thrive when cycles go up and down.

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Wisdom Quotes

Don’t try to be better than everyone else, be better than you were yesterday.

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. (Ken Venturi)

You can’t discover new places if you never leave the comfort of your home.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Andre Gide)

The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas

via The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon IdeasAdversarial criticism is commonly driven by a binary understanding of ideas. Claims are either true or false; arguments are either valid or invalid. If this understanding is correct, then the exclusion of false or invalid points does indeed seem to leave us with true ideas. If this were the case, criticism would indeed be a good way of responding to the proponent of an idea. But how well does this work in practice? The philosopher Catherine Hundleby at the University of Windsor in Ontario analysed how argumentation is taught to students and concluded that ‘argument repair’, in which the proponents of a position revise their argument in response to criticism, is greatly neglected. Instead, what is emphasised are quick tools for evaluating arguments by putting ‘fallacy labels’ onto them. This is less helpful than one might think because it’s purely negative.

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United States: Food Company Reports Bribery, Environmental Issues to U.S. Authorities
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United States: Ex-Atlanta official gets 2-year sentence in corruption probe
Jan 08, 2020 07:30 pm

A man who was tasked with ensuring equal opportunities for those seeking contracts with the city of Atlanta was given a two-year prison sentence Tuesday for failing to disclose outside consulting work and not reporting some income to tax authorities….
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South Korea: Police raid POSCO in corruption probe
Jan 08, 2020 07:00 pm

Police raided POSCO’s steel mill in Pohang on Tuesday in an investigation into a corruption scandal allegedly involving company officials. About ten investigators from Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency searched an office at the steel mill for two hours from 9…
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Japan: Japan Launches Casino Regulatory Body amid Bribery Scandal
Jan 08, 2020 06:30 pm

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Malaysia: Former DBKL senior deputy director charged with receiving over RM1mil in bribes
Jan 08, 2020 06:00 pm

A former Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) deputy director pled not guilty at the Sessions Court here Tuesday (Jan 7) to six counts of receiving bribes, totalling RM1.08mil in 2018 and 2019. Sabudin Mohd Salleh, 58, who was the senior…
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China: Former Top Chinese Lottery Official Sentenced to 11 Years for Corruption
Jan 08, 2020 05:30 pm

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Johnny Cash’s Road Day? In 1982, the Johnny Cash Parkway opened in Hendersonville, Tennessee. John R. “Johnny” Cash, AKA “The Man In Black,” was an American singer-songwriter, actor and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

— Johnny Cash

The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas

via The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth | Aeon Ideas

Adversarial criticism is commonly driven by a binary understanding of ideas. Claims are either true or false; arguments are either valid or invalid. If this understanding is correct, then the exclusion of false or invalid points does indeed seem to leave us with true ideas. If this were the case, criticism would indeed be a good way of responding to the proponent of an idea. But how well does this work in practice? The philosopher Catherine Hundleby at the University of Windsor in Ontario analysed how argumentation is taught to students and concluded that ‘argument repair’, in which the proponents of a position revise their argument in response to criticism, is greatly neglected. Instead, what is emphasised are quick tools for evaluating arguments by putting ‘fallacy labels’ onto them. This is less helpful than one might think because it’s purely negative.


Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

Outdated, or obsolete


Too old to work; retired due to old age

Examples of Superannuated in a sentence

“Every time Apple releases a new model, a wave of superannuated iPhones are discarded.”

“After a few accidents at work, he was superannuated and invited to retire.”