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When Science And Sci-Fi Work Together

Our imagined moon has long inspired fear, excitement, hubris, and political ambition – fact and myth, science and science fiction have always intertwined.

Some of the engineers who advised Fritz Lang on his 1929 film, Frau im Mond went on to develop the first rocket capable of reaching space, Germany’s V-2. When they later moved to Huntsville, they took with them not just their know‑how but also Lang’s anticipation-quickening innovation of counting down the seconds before the rocket’s launch.

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Science fiction is often seen as anticipation – a fiction peculiarly expected to graduate into fact. But if technologies once found only in SF do sometimes become real they do not, in so doing, always cease to be science fictional.

SF is not, after all, simply a literature about the future; it is a literature about the shock of new capacities and new perspectives, about transcendence, estrangement and resistance in the face of the inhuman. Its ideas shape and constrain the ways in which technological possibilities are seen, understood, and experienced long after those possibilities are first tentatively realised.

Currently, 40 per cent of the world's estimated 7,000 languages may go extinct, having less than 1,000 speakers.

Chinese is the largest language if we include only native speakers, but English is the largest if we include native and non-native speakers. English is the language of science, the internet and much academic research and is likely to remain important in the future.

Why children find it easier to learn languages
  • Children are exposed to about 10,000 hours of language in their first four years. But children are seldom experts in a language by then, suggesting that they find it harder to learn a language.
  • Very young children can distinguish between about 800 sounds that make up all languages, but monolingual infants lose this ability in the first year of life as they become more specialised.
  • Children can learn more than one language at the same time if they have practice in both.

The key ingredient in learning a language is time—ideally, hundreds of hours. Then it would be best if you practise regularly.

Research shows the best approach to learn a language is being immersed in it - not just learning words and grammar. Reading magazines, watching TV and talking to native speakers will solidify the learning.

People often think that languages like Russian, Arabic or Japanese are harder to learn, but it is subjective.

Words from different languages have the same etymological origin, such as 'brother' in English and 'Bruder' in German. But languages with different phonetics will be harder to learn. For example, languages such as Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese use tones to change a word's meaning. If you already speak a tonal language, it would be easier to learn another tonal one.

  • Research shows that you can effectively learn a language if you desire to learn it (and less if you are told to learn).
  • Studies suggest that being bilingual can help you learn a new language because you realise there is no intrinsic link between a word and its meaning.
Common Mistake on Trendiness

Many companies often don't allow themselves to go where the trend is or are unwilling to adapt to the times because of its newness.

There are multiple reasons as to why this happens:

  • There is a lack of self- or situational awareness;
  • Poor communication;
  • Undecided / unclear decisions;
  • Having pretentiousness or a big ego; and
  • There is a lack of accountability
Adaptability

It is an important characteristic to have not only in ourselves but should also be encouraged within our teams and the entire organization in order to stay ahead of the times and prevent obsolescence.

For many organizations to stay afloat they need to think and act adaptively to their surroundings and digital stages.

Adaptable People Are...
  • Experimental because they have the mental fortitude to face uncertainty
  • Resourceful
  • Those who see opportunity where the other sees failure
  • Forward thinkers
  • Patient and understanding
  • Accountable for their own actions
  • Able to engage in positive self-talk
  • Humble and do not care about the temporary spotlight
  • Curious because it enables growth
  • Adaptable
  • People who tend to stay on trend
  • Who looks at the bigger picture
  • Open-minded to other people's point of views
  • Firm believers on what they stand for.

The Anima (female) or the Animus (male) are the sex and gender identities/roles that behave like Yin-Yang. The male and female energies are a balance influencing one another at all times. The Animus represents the male aspect in females, while the Anima is the female aspect in males. Society enforces strict gender stereotypes, which constrains normal psychological development.

The combined energy is called ‘syzygy’ or the divine couple, representing completion, unification and oneness.

Individual or personal unconscious is part of the three components of the human psyche, apart from the ego and the collective unconscious.

The ego represents the consciousness and the personal unconscious contains suppressed and repressed memories.

Archetypes In Jungian Psychology

Introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, archetypes represent universal patterns and visuals that form the collective unconsciousness.

He identified four main archetypes: The Persona, The Shadow, The Animus, and The Self. These archetypes are not inferred directly, but by looking at religion, dreams, literature and art. The archetypes suggested by Carl Jung are universal, hereditary and play a significant role in our personality.

  • The Self is a circle, or ‘zero’, which represents the unified unconsciousness and consciousness of an individual.
  • Individuation is a process in which all aspects of our personality are integrated and in harmony.
  • The ego is the center of consciousness, but the self is at the center of our personality. An ego is false most of the time, but a self is always authentic and real.
  • Our personality is not just our consciousness, but also our ego and our unconsciousness.
  • If the circumference of a circle is our self, the ego is just the dot at the center.

Carl Jung rejected the theory of ‘tabula rasa’ which asserts that the human mind is completely blank at birth, ready to be programmed with life experiences and education. The human mind retains its fundamental biological aspects, the primordial images that provide a basic foundation for the individual.

Apart from the four main archetypes, Carl Jung also describes many other such identities like the father, the mother, the hero, the trickster or the child.

The shadow is part of the unconscious mind, made up of our repressed ideas, desires, weaknesses, shortcomings and instincts. In our attempt to portray a certain persona, we create this shadow, our cache of envy, greed, prejudice, hate and violence.

It is a darker side of our psyche that appears in dreams as a snake, a demon, or some other dark and wild creature.

The persona is a kind of behavioural mask. It is the way we present ourselves in social groups and situations. Right from our childhood, we are taught to behave in a certain way to fit the expectations and norms of society. It suppresses all our primitive urges, impulses and feelings that are not acceptable in society.

People who start to believe in their own persona tend to move away from their true selves.

  • Astrology is an ancient science first documented in Hindu cultures, along with Chinese and Maya civilizations.
  • Astrology articles dating back to the mid-18th century note that farmers would sync the planting schedule based on the planetary configurations.
  • During the Victorian era, interest in astrology boomed, and many astrologers connected Mercury Retrograde with heavy rainfall, ill omens and minor inconveniences.
  • By 1970, horoscopes became mainstream, with newspaper articles giving full attention to the planetary phenomenon that is apparently affecting our lives.
Mercury Retrograde

Astronomy is at loggerheads with astrology when it comes to Mercury Retrograde, in which Mercury, the planet associated with communication, appears to move backwards and seemingly causes chaos, tension, missed flights, crashed computers and lost phones!

Scientific calculations show that the gravitational effect of Mercury is negligible, the backward moving effect of Mercury during the retrograde phase is simply an illusion, a trick of perspective.

Modern science, therefore, concludes that the hoopla of Mercury retrograde is just confirmation bias, and the problems, snags and delays continue throughout the year, not just when the planet shifts to back gear.

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