hope you had a good weekend.
It’s monday, so let’s start with a five minute break. Watching a fascinating documentary i discovered about the world’s oceans and seas.
Now, let’s savor our coffee together, with a new edition of powernotes.
Here are this week’s technology, culture and philosophy notes:
Here are 5 european Startups that will surprise you. Among them, cryopreservation. What?? Yes, you heard right.
Here’s a great solution to remove background noise from meetings : Krisp.
Hyundai has big plans. They have a vision - Hydrogen Vision 2040. What does it all mean? Well, autonomous cars that will use hydrogen as fuel, which will be obtained out of water. Hyundai promises one thousand km with just one water tank. Read the full story.
You’re probably wondering How to download iOS 15 on your Iphone?
The European Union wants a universal charger for cell phones. Read more.
Back in january, Pepsi and Beyond announced their joint venture, and the new name : The PLANeT Partnership. Now they are hoping to release new plant-based snacks and drinks by 2022. Read more.
Do you pay attention to your attention? Adam Grant has a very interesting conversation about this with John Greene. HERE.
If you want to experience art in three dimension, check out this open source museum: Scan the World.
For a monthly fee, you can learn directing movies from Martin Scorsese, or scientific thinking from Neil deGrasse Tyson…or maybe songwriting from Alicia Keys? Here’s a platform to learn from the best : Masterclass.
Watch this incredible video about kidnapper ants. Simply amazing.
In 1986 a man disappears into the woods, and 27 years later he is found again. His name is Christopher Knight, and he has a story. The Stranger in the Woods: Lessons From A Hermit.
Greek philosopher Epictetus was born a slave, and after he obtained his freedom, he started teaching philosophy in Rome, for almost 25 years. Here are 77 Epictetus Quotes That Are Full Of Stoic Wisdom.
Here’s a great philosophy book from Michael Puett, a Harvard professor : The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. You can also enroll in his Harvard course on the topic.
Every week, there are two great books for you to discover. In bite-sized fashion, just something short about each book, and five notes from each book.
The first book is : The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.
Here are five notes from the book:
Remember, love that doesn't include honesty doesn't deserve to be called love.
You become increasingly comfortable with madness - and not just the madness of others, but your own. We’re all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.
The development of our personalities doesn’t take place in isolation, but in relationship with others ; we are shaped and completed by unseen, unremembered forces; namely, our parents.
About how we often mistake love for fireworks—for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm, and constant.
Sometimes it’s hard to grasp why the answers to the present lie in the past.
Our second book this week is: The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga.
Here are five notes from the book:
We are not determined by our experiences, but by the meaning we give them.
It is a lie to separate “I” from “emotion” and think, “It was the emotion that made me do it.”
You say fear is stopping you from doing what you want. If I did cure your fear, and nothing in your situation changed at all, you’d probably say, ‘Give me back my fear!’
No matter what has occurred in your life up to this point, it has no bearing at all on how you live from now on.
We must not seek reward, and we must not be tied to it.
Each week, we present three quotes from great thinkers, great minds, and great people that live or have lived in this world. We all have something to learn from each other.
Entrepreneur and investor Ben Casnocha on how to find opportunities:
Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity , including one that has a financial payoff, then you’re really looking for a person.
Actor Robert de Niro on the passage of time:
You know, it’s interesting ... Well, I don’t know if you’d call it interesting, it is what it is. But time goes on, you know, and suddenly 40 years have passed. When I was younger, I’d say, you know, one day I’m going to be over there. So I had things that I was very focused on doing, that I wanted to do right then. And now suddenly it’s 40 years later, you know? So that’s an interesting thing, I think. Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.
Author of “Essays on Life” , and farmer Thomas Mitchell, on happiness:
One of the best secrets of a happy life is the art of extracting comfort and sweetness from every circumstance...
People are always looking for happiness at some future time and in some new thing, or some new set of circumstances, in possession of which they some day expect to find themselves. But the fact is, if happiness is not found now, where we are, and as we are, there is little chance of it ever being found. There is a great deal more happiness around us day by day than we have the sense or power to seek and find. If we are to cultivate the art of living, we should cultivate the art of extracting sweetness and comfort out of everything, as the bee goes from flower to flower in search of honey.
Every week, we have two portraits of nature for you. Great images from our beautiful world. Because we all need a fresh breath of nature in our lives.
We read a lot of stuff from all over the web. Every week, we have three interesting articles and stories for you. Here are this week’s reads :
🟪 One Lab’s Quest to Build Space-Time Out of Quantum Particles. For over two decades, physicists have pondered how the fabric of space-time may emerge from some kind of quantum entanglement. In Monika Schleier-Smith’s lab at Stanford University, the thought experiment is becoming real.
🟩 Driving the Jinns Away. When exorcisms become a business.
🟨 Why Am I Not Rich and Famous? The Delusion of Our Times. We’re no longer driven by values, morals, loyalty, or family, we’re driven by what the media emphasizes. What’s the overarching theme of all media?
Every week, we have three interesting finds for you, from all over the web. Just interesting stuff we stumble upon and that we love to share with you.
🟣 Something for all the parents out there. The Parenting Index is a unique new tool measuring the “ease of parenting” around the world today.
🟢 Ever wanted to hear the sound of a canadian goose? Or the sound of a mountain bluebird? What about a mountain lion? Well, now you can. Explore a very interesting sound collection : the Yellowstone Sound Library.
🟡 Thousands of amazing photographs from the sky, made with drones. Drone Photo Awards.
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