121.  Spring is sprung* with emotional intelligence at work

27 march 2017 / At last!  We put the clocks forward yesterday morning, giving us more daylight in the evening.  Never mind the various first days of spring:  this is the moment spring truly arrives for me.

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Quotations on spring
I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.
Pablo Neruda, 1904-1973, Chilean poet-diplomat and politician.

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king, 
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, 
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing: 
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! 

Thomas Nash, 1567 – c1601 , English playwright, poet, and satirist. 
* Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.
I wonder where the boidie is.
They say the boidie’s on the wing.
But that’s absoid. The wing is on the bird.


The danger of science denial
Michael Specter lays it out with passion and clarity in this TED talk.  This was recorded in 2010, and the situation is now clearly worse.  ‘You are entitled to your opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts’, he says.  Specter explains that the only losers will be humankind  [16:21]

Stardust on your sleeve
The stunning guitarist John McLaughlin in a more introspective mien with a band including no less than Paco de Lucía and Katia Labèque [6:10]

Thinking rationally about terror

We’re in a panic about terrorism, says Lawrence M Krauss—but the statistics say we shouldn’t be.

The 5% rulebreaking through the argument
Mel Schwarz discusses how to break what seems to be an intractable argument.  Good ideas and advice here as usual from Dr Schwarz.

No evidence to back idea of learning styles 
... say 29 professors and doctors (including Steven Pinker).  Well, that’s going to seriously hack off a lot of trainers.  My view:  don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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