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Where Does Creativity Come From?

 “I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required,” said Dmitri Mendeleev (1834–1907) after discovering Periodic Table in his dream.    You probably heard of people who had ideas while they were routinely walking or showering, in casual conversations with friends, watching movie or driving or doing some other mundane task that doesn’t involve super attentive brain function.   A solution may struck you why you are not consciously thinking about that problem and engaged in an activity like driving or showering.   To a large extent, creativity comes out of the...

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Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy Letters: How They Disagreed Without Being Disagreeable

Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy exchanged a series of letters from 1909 until the death of the latter in 1910, with subjects ranging from personal beliefs to nonviolence, the struggle for freedom, and spirituality. Tolstoy’s writing greatly influenced Gandhi in his formative years, so much so that he named his second ashram in South Africa the Tolstoy Colony; there he nurtured his policy of nonviolent civil disobedience against the mighty British rule. In his autobiography, Gandhi calls Tolstoy “the greatest apostle of non-violence that the present age has produced.” Tolstoy’s writings influenced Gandhi so much that he writes: Tolstoy’s The...

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What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is not fetishizing curated “simplicity” of clean loft spaces, of designer capsule wardrobes, or elaborately reduced diets. It’s not a coincidence that most of the stuff we accumulate, the elaborate ward robes, the supplies for hobbies and the gratuitous display of power or status. Our urge to accumulate stuff is the result of centuries of social conditioning, mostly powered by consumer driven economy. Minimalism is the refusal of this mindless...

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Do Soul Mates Really Exist?

Thomas Moore, in his book Soul Mates describes a soul mate as someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the the communication and the communicating that takes places between us were not the product of intentional effort, but rather a divine grace. Richard Bach describes the relationship as, “our soulmate is one who makes life come to life,” and portrays the partner as “one who unveils the best part of the other.”  So ancient is the desire of one another which is implanted in us, people would spend their lives looking for their other half—their soul mate. For...

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