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Thoughts to reflect on: How to generate more and clearer ideas

Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche

The recipe of the ancient philosophers

No matter how inventive a person is, there is always that situation when our mind reaches a dead-end problem. Most of the time it looks like there is no exit and we can't generate alternative ideas. In other words, we got stuck into our old and static understanding of a given issue. If you haven't got here you are most probably out of the problem-solving business. Of course, there are many tips and tricks that you could find on the internet and try to apply like watching videos or brainstorming with your colleagues. But sometimes it doesn't work. Well, there is nothing wrong with you. It's natural to find yourself in such a cul-de-sac. It's a problem as old as the human world and the resolution could be something as simple as a little walk by yourself or with some friends of yours.

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The Underwater HOA project by Xavier Cortada

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Participatory public art project

The Underwater HOA began in 2018 as a participatory public art project by acclaimed environmental artist, Xavier Cortada. The project aims to generate awareness on rising sea levels, and engage Floridians to take action against climate change by providing a space where homeowners can address its impending impacts. The UHOA holds monthly meetings at the Hibiscus Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens in Pinecrest, Florida.

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Machine learning and big data are unlocking Europe’s archives

AI models that can be trained to recognise and transcribe historical handwritten documents are helping digitise national and city archives. Image credit - pxhere.com/licenced under CC0

The digital future of European Archives

From wars to weddings, Europe's history is stored in billions of archival pages across the continent. While many archives try to make their documents public, finding information in them remains a low-tech affair. Simple page scans do not offer the metadata such as dates, names, locations that often interest researchers. Copying this information for later use is also time-consuming.

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"The most important film director alive"

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The visual poet of Nature

Werner Herzog (born 5 September 1942) is a German film director, screenwriter, actor, writer, poet, and opera director. Herzog is considered part of the New German Cinema. His feature films often focus attention on ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in marginal and obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature or society. His later work is mostly centered on documentaries where he describes the profound and magical relation between science, nature, culture, and the individual. These are not regular films about natural phenomena but brave and genuine journeys into subjectivity and the human role in natural processes. Herzog obtained world fame with his exceptional perspective on both mainstream and alternative topics, and his decisive manner of work.

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The life of Leonardo da Vinci

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The most talented polymath of the Renaissance 

The first association that came to mind when speaking about Renaissance Art and Florence in combination for sure is the great Italian artist- Leonardo da Vinci. Known as a leading artist and intellectual, he was also a sculptor, architect, inventor, and military engineer. With great curiosity, Leonardo da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly influenced his work. His ideas and work have influenced innumerable artists and made da Vinci a leading light of the Italian Renaissance. Today Leonardo da Vinci remains best known for his two paintings that remain among the world's most famous: Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

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