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curves of flow


flow: complexity & skill. You grow into flow by mastering challenges, or in the words of the big guru on flow: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi a single-minded immersion in performing and learning. You need a combination of progressive complexity and skill to reach the ‘flow-state-of-mind’.  In fact flow is already there when the challenges we encounter match our ability. […]

Dan Ariely wrote a book about the honest truth about dishonesty. On his blog he comments “The irony of illegally downloading a book on dishonesty is painfully obvious”. He argues that “once we start thinking of ourselves as polluted, there is not much incentive to behave well, and the trip down the slippery slope is likely. […]

The Serpentine Gallery (London) is famous for its temporary pavilions. This year’s architect Peter Zumthor from Haldenstein in Switzerland has created a walled garden together with landscape architect Piet Oudhof. The Pritzker jury praised Mr. Zumthor’s use of materials. “In Zumthor’s skillful hands, like those of the consummate craftsman, materials from cedar shingles to sandblasted glass […]

A new dawn appears to rise for the humo universales. Not so much the individual renaissance view but the more social view of the PRB (Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood) that honours the base selfish human need to create a true, undying companionship and regards craftsmanship as its base. At the start of the 20st century industrialisation separated concept and skill. […]