Weekend Observations: The Little Reminders of Our Beautiful Brains

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It was a scene like so many others.  One of the key characters of The Americans, FBI Agent Beeman, sits across from Martha, the secretary from his office, at her home one evening.  The vibe is uncomfortable given Martha’s role in planting a bug in their boss’s office. He doesn’t know this though.  She wants him out of her apartment and says something to the effect of: “well, I have an early morning tomorrow.”  The implication? Get the hell out of my apartment asap.  Of course she uses different language but we can all read between the lines.

Yes, we all use coded language like that and we don’t think twice.  But last night, for some reason, it struck me as remarkable.  Our brains are so sophisticated, so beautiful, that we have the ability to decipher the verbal, physical and emotional cues of our fellow human beings within seconds.

As someone who is surrounded by digital experiences and introductions to new digital formats everyday, I am sensitive to how much digital can do for us.  But I am also sensitive to how much it can’t.  Our brains are so amazing that they can interpret so many elements at once to help us thrive minute by minute.

Last year Nancy Kanwisher gave a beautiful talk about the beauty of our brains: “The Neural Portrait of the Human Mind.”  She showed us where certain brain functions where happening inside of our brains.  It was certainly amazing to see how much scientists have discovered and equally amazing how much they still have to discover! The best part of her talk was how she admitted that it would be wonderful if her discoveries led to medical breakthroughs.  But, in the end, she said, isn’t cool just to know that much more about ourselves?

Amen.  By understanding how gorgeous our brains are — how fantastic it is that we can communicate on such sophisticated levels with others — we can be that much more excited and energized with our daily lives.

We shouldn’t take the beauty of our brains for granted.  They are the probably the most beautiful aspects of who we are.

 

Weekend Observations: A Beauty Comes out at TED

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I know, I know, I’ve been REALLY delinquent.  No posts for 2 weeks.
But I have a good excuse.
Last weekend I was with my whole family in Boston, MA celebrating both a holiday and Bar Mitzvah.  And then I had to fly overnight to Whistler, BC for a fun-filled week of TED talks, TED Ads Worth Spreading activities, networking and, oh yeah, lots of partying 🙂
While the TED talks were inspiring and the networking was pretty fruitful, I think last year was better (maybe a bit jaded?). Nevertheless, I’m happy I went. Between watching Edward Snowden and then the Deputy Dir of the NSA on video conference, and then seeing the likes of Sting and other leaders in their fields, I got my fill of interesting stories.
One of the most powerful talks was that of an absolutely gorgeous model, Geena Rocero.
As soon as Geena stepped on stage, we all loved her.   She wore a form-fitting dress and sky-high heels that made her tower over the MC.  Geena was poised and exuded warmth, despite her awesome, larger-than-life beauty.
None of us had any idea what her story was going to be.  But soon enough she launches into her history as a BOY in the Philipines.  We were blown away.  She talked about her transformation, and how fortunate she was to be embraced by her family and the industry.  But she also recognized that so many aren’t so lucky.  Either they live their lives full of depression or eventually end them all together.
Another reason her talk was so powerful is that she defied the stereotype of models. First, she was born a man. Second, while many would assume she would be aloof given her status as a super model, she came across deeply human. Finally, Geena challenged the stereotype of beauties being brainless.  She was probably the best speaker in the house, and certainly one of the most inspiring.  She doesn’t just pose for a living but actively works to uplift other transgender folks.
I can’t do justice to her presentation, so I highly recco you taking a look at her talk as soon as it’s uploaded.
Until then, you all can admire her awesome outfit!
 

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Check out these great stories ripped from the headlines!

  • You know beauty bloggers have made it when they’re taking over fashion week!

Hey Bloggers, Welcome to the Beauty Editor World

  • Peek into the history and current life of a model who broke the boundaries

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/veronica-webb-first-black-model-beauty-campaign-_n_2631369.html

  • Ha, beauty and brains can TOTALLY fit.  See how these MIT students show off their beauty in anticipation of a Boston beauty pageant

http://tech.mit.edu/V133/N1/missboston.html

  • The delicate strands of saffron not only make foods taste delicious but have been used for beauty since the time of Cleopatra.  Let’s dig into why.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Wellness/Saffron-the-dainty-strands-of-beauty/Article1-1005819.aspx

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