Meet a Math Teacher Who Is Also a Male Model

A PhD in engineering that loves to train his body. He teaches math and in math, theories are disapproved with counterexamples. So I think it’s safe to say that he is the counterexample to the myth that an exercised body means less intelligence!

TIME

What would you do if you realized your math teacher was actually a super successful – and super attractive – male model? Because that’s exactly what happened to University College London student Arief Azli, who (like any college kid) then shared his discovery on Facebook.

“That moment when you realized your maths lecturer is one of the top designer model,” Azli wrote in a post comparing two photos of his teacher, Pietro Boselli: One of Boselli at the whiteboard, papers in the hand; the other of him … not wearing very much at all.

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“#OnlyatUCL,” Azli hashtagged it, adding: “#Bromance.”

Other students reportedly followed suit, sharing more photos of Boselli in the classroom.

According to his LinkedIn account, Boselli worked as a teaching assistant and then lecturer at UCL until June 2014. As for his modeling work, he’s represented by Models1.

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Sustain your emotions!

In this days, we need to be motivated. People are living stressful moments with no time to appreciate life. We often forget others and get to a point of being machines. We keep doing what we think we have to do for assuring our wealth. In spite of this we don’t feel well with ourselves. Actually as we untangle our ties we happen to face sorrow.

Not all of us are able to admit or even ackowledge this changes. However myriad of studies have found that we need to be linked to the world arround us, we have to find shared values in others and only this can make us living. Quoting Alan Watts

“I don’t know who I am unless I know who you are. And you don’t know who you are unless you know who I am.”

Don’t filter the world, by filtering it in the way it convenes you, you are distorsing reality. The world will never be the way you want it to be so you have always to make an effort to change what is wrong. When you stop trying and you trick yourself into believing that it isn’t your duty to help others you automatically stop being an human. To be human is to share humanitarian help, is to strengthen your relations with others, is to dream, is to prevent what is wrong and whenever you don’t do this you are being inhuman. Alan Watts also said:

“The more you give it away the more it comes back.”

We are empathy beings which means that when we see someone happy we share their happiness, when we see someone suffering we feel that suffer, when we see someone loving we feel that loving and so forth. Even thought we have this mechanism in our organism we forgot how to use it because we repressed it. When this happen, when you arrive to this state of being you stop feeling. You can have children and you won’t feel anything for them, you can have your soul-mate with you and you won’t feel nothing This is the one and only reason for divorces, for depression and for everything that makes you feel miserable.

 

 

 

TED moments!

We love TED, it shares new ideas based on the activity of renown scientists, economists, artists, etc… It makes knowledge more accessible so we are proud to everyday share with you a TED video. Hope you enjoy it!

15/10/2014

Have you ever heard about curators? Do you know how they work? In this TED you’ll find how William Noel the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum have found an incredible hidden gem and hiw he and is team manage to restore the original data. [1] This “gem” was a chartaceous cultural heritage from our antecessor Archimedes. This unique and elegant talk provide you a peep in the recovery of artefacts.


References and further reading.

[1] – Archimedes – Walters Art Museum

Beautiful Equations – BBC

“Beautiful Equations” is an extraordinary documentary about some of the most known equations and how did they changed the world. This documentary produced by BBC takes us in a journey through this wonderful world of mathematics.

You may think that math isn’t for you, however the main role is played by an artist and writer (Matt Collings)… This means that every equation is explained in order for he understand therefore we can also understand. I had a lot of fun watching this documentary and learnt a lot from a wide range of subjects. I just had to share this after posting a mathematical post :p Have a nice day! 😀

TED moments!

We love TED, it shares new ideas based on the activity of renown scientists, economists, artists, etc… It makes knowledge more accessible so we are proud to everyday share with you a TED video. Hope you enjoy it!

06/10/2014

This talk changed my life I hope it changes yours too (for better). We often think that being a machine, or being perfect is the ultimate stage of human kind. However, Guy Hoffman (almost) obliterate this concept. And in one of my favourite talks he makes us reinvent our definition of what we should aim. Maybe we shouldn’t only spend all our time striving for getting better and better but also realize what we have achieved and how mistakes are important. So after this talk (I’ve seen it one year ago, thus I don’t quite remember it deeply) I stopped asking for me to be perfect but to move towards that goal always looking to the errors has opportunities for improvement and for new ways of thinking. More than this I comprehended that emotions are needed for arriving perfection…and you, what have you learnt?

Life would had no meaning if we erased emotions, it would had no purpose. I wish you all the best and seek for your “soul” everyday 😀

Quoting Corner!

A place for quotes from renown people. Quotes for meditation and acquiring different perspectives. Everyday quotes!

06/10/2014

“The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.” – Michael Jordan

NBA Michael Jordan - ESPN
NBA Michael Jordan – ESPN

I never comment here because I want to give you the hypothesis of understand how the quote works for you. Everybody has a different story so I hope you understand how this quote relates to your personal life. Just giving a key word, the word game can be seen as life… I hope it makes you sense in some way 🙂

Workout and the Brain

EarlyBarbell - unknown
EarlyBarbell – unknown

Memory loss, Stress and Rodent

We often think that working out is wearing and leads to just a great body without any gain regarding the brain. This conception is proven to be wrong in several studies on rodents. What happens is that when working out the brain reorganizing it in manner of its response to stress diminish and anxiety too. Joining this is the development of brain cells (i.e. the growth of brain cells aka neurogenesis) in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is responsible for the long-term memory). So as we normally hear, the stress is linked with our memory. [1]

Memory loss sparked by stress has been deeply studied and if you bear to read more about it you can look at references. [2]

Also important is to take account of the long-term effects it holds in the brain. It’s believed that working out strengths the mechanisms that prevent brain cells who response to stress and anxiety (I remember reading about this, its called Hebbian Theory, you might like to read it as well the main idea is “cells that fire together, wire together”). [3]

The importance of reflecting

If we think about, most of our decisions made under stress underlay instincts for survival. With the sparkle of our instinctive actions it difficult us to ponder in order for taking the best actions. This sometimes can even make us regretting our lives for not being able to prevent something.

Imagine a situation where someone you love is going to be physically attacked by somebody and you can prevent it if you punch that somebody that is going to attack your beloved. However you stay petrified because you have never been in this circumstance (or you are not used to violent behaviour) and so you see he/she being brutally assaulted. It will make you feel very ashamed and agonized.

Now you can understand the importance of being able to have a relaxed reaction to a stressful event.

Human Experiment

A recent experiment done in humans aimed to understand how the exercise effected the brain. Although it is a rough experience it predicts that, as we’ve seen in rodents, humans can also boost their memory through working out.

In this experiment two groups were formed and both sat viewing 90 photos. After this, one group worked out lifting weights (extending and contracting each leg at their personal maximum effort 50 times) while the others just stayed on the weightlifting machine and allowed the machine and the experimenter to move their legs. To conclude they were brought all together and had to view the same photos again mixed with another 90. The objective was to see how right each group recalled the first photos (that were now mixed).

The results for the group that didn’t work out were of 50% and the group that did work out were 60%. [4]

Conclusions

So we can inference that, even though the experiment is very basic, it shows that resilient workout can possibly boost the memory. Hence boosting our results in stressful moments (because with work out we recall more and our brain doesn’t react so much to stressing stimulus).

As always I hope you got the motivation to go to the gym and that you have learnt something new. Last note, don’t forget…Mind the body! 😀

If you liked this, you may as well like knowing how your body expression affect the brain (Amy Cuddy – “Your body language shapes who you are”)


References and further reading.

[1] – Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress – Princeton University

[2] – Effects of stress on memory – Wiki

[3] – Hebbian Theory – Wiki

Mozart Rap – Mac Lethal

I have seen this video some weeks ago, however I never shared it in this blog… Owing to the fact that It takes only a minute and for all the other reasons I can imagine it diserves to be widely shared so I decided to post it. I hope you like it and that it makes you reflect! 🙂

TED moments!

We love TED, it shares new ideas based on the activity of renown scientists, economists, artists, etc… It makes knowledge more accessible so we are proud to everyday share with you a TED video. Hope you enjoy it!

21/09/2014

Have you ever heard about savants? This strange amazing people have impressive abilities. In this TED talk you’ll find different perspectives than your previous. We are thaught in a robot manner… all have to think in the same way…but is this good? What happened if you try to find your own way of seeing things? With Daniel Tammet you will grasp the way a high-functioning autistic savant perceives the world.

Hidden monuments under Stonehenge!

Stonehenge - english-heritage.org.uk
Stonehenge – english-heritage.org.uk

A week ago, on Wednesday scientists reported the findings of ancient monuments underneath Stonehenge using high-tech mapping. Stonehenge has always intrigued scientists and general public. Situated in Wiltshire, England it’s believed to have between 4000 and 5000 years. And the amazing henge has a stone that reaches 6 metres long. A phenomenal product of human’s hard work and devotion to deities. [1]

According to National Geographic, “An astonishing complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and barrows has lain hidden and unsuspected beneath the Stonehenge area for thousands of years. Scientists discovered the site using sophisticated techniques to see underground, announcing the finds this week.

Among several cues for the religious underground structure, there were found 17 ritual monuments, that appear to be all Shrine-like structures.

This super project (“Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project”) took four years to create a high-resolution, 3-D underground map of the landscape surrounding Stonehenge.

The project team, led by researchers from the U.K.’s University of Birmingham and Austria’s Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, mapped the area down to a depth of about ten feet (three meters) using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers, and other state-of-the-art remote-sensing equipment.

In all, nearly 3,000 acres have been excavated virtually, making this the largest and most ambitious project of its kind ever undertaken anywhere in the world.” (adapted text) [2]


References and further reading.

[1] – Stonehenge – site , Stonehenge – Wiki and (audiovisual reference) Secrets of Stonehenge – Nova

[2] – Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping – National Geographic and (audiovisual reference) New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge – University of Birmingham