Word 1 - Pi Day Pi (π)
Why does MIT send university acceptance letters only once a year on March 14th? And only at 6:28 in the evening?
Those who remember from school, Pi (π) is a mathematical constant that represents the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.14159
The famous MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sends the acceptance letters to undergraduate candidates, every year on the same day and at the same time:
March 14 (3.14 = Pi (π)) and at 6:28 it is twice Pi (π), also known as "Tao time".
A charming custom of the technological institute that broke the tradition only once in its history. In 2015 also called Super Pi Day. and why? Because on that date the full first five digits of Pi (π) were (3.1415) . And so messages for acceptance went out precisely at 9:26 in the morning, asking for the next three digits of Pi. Science game fun facts.
* Pi is widely used in mathematics, especially in geometry and trigonometry, for example to calculate the volume or area of a cylinder, or the cycle time of a pendulum.
* Archimedes was the first to realize that there is a constant relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter, see an excellent drawing on Wikipedia.
* Pi competitions are held in every school in the United States (at least), which are "how to remember as many digits as possible after the pi point". For those who are really interested, there is a Guinness record champion on YouTube who remembered 70,000 digits after the dot, and he teaches how to remember the digits and in general how to improve memory. The common technique is to remember in groups of five.
* There is also a sweet side to pie day. Sweet pie baking contests and pie eating contests are very common on this day of March 14th.
* And finally: how symbolic is Albert Einstein, born on March 14, 1879.
I am interested in studying in a "parallel universe" in April
Word 2 - parallel universes
Or: why the movie "Everything, everywhere, at the same time" won: 9 Oscars
This week, most of the Oscars were awarded to a low-budget film, "Everything Everywhere at Once", directed by the duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
A film that talks about parallel universes, about people who jump between them, and about the dysfunction of most families. The film sometimes looks like an amateur show at the neighborhood community center, yet it is a must-see for science film fans and has won most of the Oscars.
So how did it happen? Mainly because of 4 reasons. (And there is also a free lecture on March 27, about the film's insights).
* Understanding 1: The film is a parody of the perfect Chinese family
A film that breaks the ideal image of a traditional Chinese family, as depicted in works such as Amy Tan's "The Circle of Joy Club" and the book "Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua. Instead, he presents a family that is the polar opposite: messy, dysfunctional and without hierarchy, and certainly not an organization of the house according to Feng Shui.
* Understanding 2: Parallel universes is a hot topic
It's not for nothing that I named my flagship course "parallel universe", because we all live in some worlds that are not spiritual. We will talk in a lecture in a week about the physics of a parallel universe, about the philosophy of a parallel universe, and the magical promise of a multiverse. After all, if our life is hell (because of the other person, of course, not because of us, said Sartre), then if there are other universes, there is hope that the unruly teenage daughter as depicted in the movie, in another universe, becomes a good, soft, and loving daughter. Dino
*Understanding 3: Who doesn't like costumes, and some battles where the good guys win.
Whether you're a music lover, a fan of witty and absurd humor, a fan of exotic costumes or a fan of spectacular photography, this movie has it all. It's a happy combination for the eyes.
"Understanding 4" - love will win.
And if you want to know exactly how, you'll have to go to the cinema or find movies, and then come to my free virtual lecture
How to practice parallel universes?
Come to the free lecture: Come to the free lecture about this cult film, or directly register for the "parallel universe" course
I am interested in reading the book "The Tillman Question"
Word 3 - anchor
Or: Who said new European passport?
In shipping, an anchor is a heavy metal object, attached to a chain and used to hold a boat in place.
In our reality, an anchor is a word, phrase, or image used to connect a person's thoughts with a specific concept or feeling. For example, an anchor who creates associations between a certain stimulus (the smell of pancake) and a desired response (give a kiss to grandma), or a TV anchor who can be a person who connects the viewer to news stories and is considered trustworthy (Attila).
In the last year I have been in an experiment unintentionally. I stay in three different houses, on three different continents (although in one of them more).
It made me think of how much man is rooted in place with anchors and roots and how free he is with wings, wings with mobile roots?
You discovered that I have unnecessary things (objects), and there are things that are very important to me (family, relationships). And above all, I discovered that I can easily by an object create a trigger of belonging. For example, Frankel's book "Man Searches for Meaning", has been in my house since I was 16, and I have a copy in every bag. He reminds me of my roots, and the power of logotherapy (next week).
And so both "anchors" and "mobile roots" can be carried with us, and they can maintain a sense of belonging and connection to their cultural background regardless of their physical location. Even if you issued a new European passport.
How to practice anchors and "mobile roots"?
You can see on the page: Facebook a parallel universe page.