Summer Post #1:

Two great and relevant-to-TOK quotes from TEDGlobal 2013. The entire event was “visually scribed”- check it out HERE

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Emotion Exploration: Happiness, Regret, Despair

Do you ever wonder what your “Emotional Intelligence” is? Some scientists believe your “E.Q.” is more important to your success in life than your “I.Q.”.

Take the TEST here: 

http://www.queendom.com/tests/access_page/index.htm?idRegTest=3037

RESOURCES ON DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF EMOTIONS:

HAPPINESS

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Dan Gilbert on TED: “Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?”

BIG THINK ARTICLE: How Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

Washington Post ARTICLE: Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

7 Must-Read Books in Happiness (Plus more TED talks!)

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Michael Norton on TED: “How to Buy Happiness”

Conversations about this talk at http://www.ted.com/conversations/search?type=keyword&term=Michael+Norton%3A+How+to+buy+happiness&submit=Go

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TED ED LESSON (includes TED talk with quiz and other Thinking Questions)- Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/nancy-etcoff-on-the-surprising-science-of-happiness

Take the Happiness Survey HERE

or the OXFORD Happiness Survey HERE

or for more fun, use your iPhone for this: http://www.trackyourhappiness.org/

ARTICLEIs there a Mathematics to Happiness?

GALLERY: The World’s 15 Happiest Countries

ARTICLE: Why would the government want to know if we are happy? Why did our founding fathers consider “pursuit of happiness” so important?

REGRET and SADNESS

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50 People 1 Question: What is Your Biggest Regret? (we might replicate this in class)

ARTICLE: Does regret make you more humane?

ARTICLEQuick Decisions Create Regret

Here is the exquisite, legendary Edith Piaf sing “No, I regret Nothing” (with English subs)

ARTICLE: Why is regret a “moral” emotion?

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TED TALK with Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret (yes, it starts out with Johnny Depp’s shoulder tattoo!)

Conversations regarding this talk (I like the “10 mistakes we all make”)

ARTICLE: TOP 5 Regrets of the DYING

SADNESS and DESPAIR

ARTICLE: Pregnant 9/11 Survivors Transmitted Trauma to their Children

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ARTICLE: A Broken Heart Could Actually Kill You

ARTICLE: What is “broken heart syndrome”?

then watch this short video: 

ARTICLE: The Grief and Infection Connection

ARTICLE: What’s the Value of Sadness (Happiness- Enough Already!)

IDEA CHANNEL asks “Is SAD Music Inherently SAD?”

“Sadness is a Blessing” by Lykke Li (“Sadness is my boyfriend…”)

We are not the only creatures to experience Grief- check out these elephants…

W.H. Auden’s lovely poem: “Funeral Blues”, as seen in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

And another stunning piece of poetry by Lord Byron

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

 Lord Byron

Emotion + Technology: How we are Connected but Alone

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies”

Concepts: “The Goldilocks effect” (connection made to measure); “The LifeMix”

“I WANT to have a feeling, therefore I need to send a text”

“I SHARE therefore I AM”

“If we don’t teach our children how to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely”..What happens when we don’t have the “capacity for solitude”?

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Sherry Turkle from MIT describes how the technology that envelopes us keeps us connected but alone. Please TWEET as you watch and notes will be archived.

2011 Tedx

2012 TedTalk

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COMPANION ARTICLE: “The Flight From Conversation”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

SHERRY’s BIO and QUOTES: http://www.ted.com/speakers/sherry_turkle.html 

OR http://www.mit.edu/~sturkle/

CONVERSATIONS about this TEDTALK: http://www.ted.com/conversations/search?type=keyword&term=Sherry+Turkle%3A+Connected%2C+but+alone%3F&submit=Go

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Great article and Social Experiment! PAUL MILLER decided to take a YEAR OFF THE INTERNET (yes, completely) and see what happened. Would he be more or less connected to people? His tale is well worth a read.

READ: “I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet”

Then post your thoughts and questions on this Brainstorm Board: CLICK HERE

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