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A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and...

Blog of Social Sciences & Arts SSA blog gives you the opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the human spirit in all of its aspects and applications. The discourse crosses the imaginary border between Science and Art in order to obtain a new level of understanding the cultural phenomena. From Political Sciences, Economics and Psychology to Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Philosophy, Literature and Visual Art, here is the place to extend the scope of your own knowledge or to share your expert opinion.


Friday Science Jokes

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The International Joke day

There is a saying that every day one should learn something new. Well, that is quite right. However, we should put some detail to that proposition. It is not just something new but some new joke. Even physicians can't deny that jokes are good and wholesome both for your health and mental performance. There is something more. Today is the day that all the tricksters and jokers around the world have been waiting for one year. We should honor that patience and give all of us a joke treat. Not just a joke treat. It comes from arguably the most difficult category – Science Jokes. So, enjoy your scientific treat and have a pleasant weekend.

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Thoughts to reflect on: Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

"According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend, there were three types of people.
In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types: male/male, male/female, or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangement and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that, the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half."
Kafka on the Shore

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The Grandmother of performance art

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Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović (Марина Абрамовић) is a Serbian performance and conceptual artist born on November 30, 1946. She is also known as a lecturer, philanthropist, writer, and filmmaker. Her work explores body art, art vital, endurance art, and feminist art. Her performances had the intention to test the limits and the possibilities of the human body and mind. Abramović was a pioneer in interactive performance, where she was experimenting with the artistic aspects of observers' participation and perception when confronting extreme mental and body conditions, and taboos. 

A good example of this is her first performance named Rhythm 10, 1973, performed in Edinburgh. The artist explored the elements of ritual and gesture by playing a Russian game, in which rhythmic knife jabs are aimed between the splayed fingers of one's hand. She used twenty knives and two tape recorders and recorded the whole process. Whenever she cut herself, she picked up a new knife from the row of the twenty she had set up. After Abramović cut herself twenty times, she replayed the tape, trying to repeat the same movements and attempting to replicate the mistakes. She aimed to explore and study the physical and mental limitations of the body – the pain and the sounds of the stabbing; the double sounds from the history and the replication. With this piece, Abramović started to reflect on the state of consciousness of the performer. "Once you enter into the performance state you can push your body to do things you absolutely could never normally do."

Below you can pond over one of Marina Abramović's most extreme performances and also a short interview of her with pieces of advice to young artists.

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Carl Jung - Ending Your Inner Civil War

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A passage of Carl Jung's writings read by Alan Watts

The English philosopher Alan Watts was a great admirer of Carl Gustav Jung's work. Watts was immersed in Eastern philosophy and was one of the greatest promoters and translators of the wisdom of the Orient for Western audiences. Carl Jung was also a tremendous explorer of Eastern traditions. This is certainly a link that connects the two thinkers but what really ties them is their interest in the existential challenges met by each individual, the connections between the conscious and the unconscious parts of the psyche.

One of the most popular components of Jung's work is the so-called shadow. That is the personification of all the repressed complexes and problems, which are thrown in the deepest parts of the human unconscious. The shadow is the first ordeal one should meet if he wants to take on the path of the individuation (another Jungian term, which means becoming one with the true self, self-realization, or the integration of the unconscious into the consciousness). If a person fears the acquaintance with the hidden and repressed contents, qualities, and tendencies locked in his shadow, then he enters into a state of inner civil war. Such a situation could be resolved not by condemnation of what is seen as undesirable parts of the unconscious but by accepting and integrating them until the moment of realization that they are not necessarily ominous, malevolent features but inhibited parts of one's own personality.

In the 6o's, Alan Watts was leading a radio show, and he read a passage of Jung's works after the death of the latter. Now, you can enjoy the illuminating force of two great minds - the thought of Carl Jung with the voice of Alan Watts.

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Elderly care? Bring in the robots!

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Welcome to the future of Robotics

Robots have come a long way. For years they have been supporting human activity – enabling exploration in dangerous and unreachable environments like out in space and deep in the oceans. A new generation of robots are being designed to stay closer to home – caring for ageing adults and young children.

In the not-too-distant future, elderly people who live alone may be reminded to take their medicine, have books read to them, and be offered a metaphorical, shoulder to cry on - by a robot.

As Europe's ageing population places increasing strain on healthcare services – with the share of older people in the total population expected to increase significantly in the coming decades – robots could provide a useful solution.

Several robots are being developed as companions to help the aged live independently for longer.

'Robotics are essential for the health sector and for older adults because in 20 to 30 years' time there's not going to be enough people to take care of the ageing population,' said Estibaliz Arzoz-Fernandez, project manager and deputy coordinator of a joint EU-Japan project called ACCRA.

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