Thunderstruck Illusions

Posted on September 26, 2015 by Dr. Lynda
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Introduction

Most of us know that perspective is a moving target. In this circle, we give you 4 reasons to doubt your first impressions and feel great about finding a more open state of mind.

Augmented Reality Illusions

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Andrew Verderber

Does the term “augmented reality” thrill you and inspire hope, or is it a term that elicits a “ho-hum” feeling with a mixture of broken promises? We will show you the future today.

Image: Marco Tempest on TED stage
Source: TED

We do seem to be edging closer to the brink of seeing augmented reality become a real reality:

Let’s allow Mr. Marco Tempest to show us the edges of possibility.

Just watch, and be sure you’re sitting down… this one just blew me away.

 

Via:TED 1

Want to learn more about the New York Magic Show winner and MIT Media Lab’s Marco Tempest? Click here to check out his bio on ted.com!

Or you can learn more about the future of augmented reality on venturebeat.com in their “5 Reasons to Get Excited About Augmented Reality” by clicking here.

I think I’ll remain firmly in the “hopeful” category of people on the subject of Augmented Reality. As is always the case, we can barely glimpse what is over the horizon.

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Can Perspective Change Reality

Posted on June 13, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

Can a perspective actually change a situation? Let me rephrase: beyond simply getting another view of a given situation, can getting a new vantage point actually alter “reality”.

Image: Forced Perspective that makes it look like a man is running underneath a bottle

Before we get into the idea of perspective – something we’ll look at today both philosophically and by way of some really radical photos – let’s take a step back and setup this whole idea of perspective

The following is a video made for the kid in all of us! It’s got a great message no matter your age. Take a look and then we’ll weave a new perspective together…

Via: 5facts 1

Perhaps you’ve seen something like that before, but isn’t it incredible what we take for granted?

Is it a single grain of sand, normally one of billions that amount to a common annoyance after a day at the beach, or is each a tiny, unique wonder of color and shape? Both are true depending on your perspective.

So what does that say about the “truth” in our life situations? Are we as powerless as we think if we really want to radically change things? Is our job a definite dead end or are we just not looking for the elevator? Is our teacher, parent or boss picking on us, or are we the aggressor with our defensive attitudes and negative mindset?

Now to get back to the original question: Can changing our viewpoint alter the outcome of the game while keeping the same characters and story on the field? Here’s what I have in mind:

Image: A piano drawn in the sand and a man pretending to play it

Image: A wonky drawing takes form in a reflective metal tube
Source: REDDIT
Image: The Great Path of China at an odd point of view
Source: REDDIT
Image: A picture of two men that makes it look like one man is falling off a cliff but in reality, it's just taken at a funny angle
Source: REDDIT

Image: A picture that looks like a man is playing soccer with the sun

Image: Little lady, giant man
Source: REDDIT

Image: This pic's perspective makes it look like a couple is standing on top of a Coca Cola lid

Fun, huh?!

Did you change your perspective for each photo and see “reality” change? Not only are these fantastic little optical illusions, but they demonstrate how radically our assumptions are based solely on our perspective.

Lean a little to the left or right and you can see a situation for what it actually is! The wonder in that is that you only have to lean a little to see the truth.

What if we tried that with our challenges in life?

Since we posted an article similar to this one year ago I’ve been experimenting with this concept. Whenever I’m stuck in the negative, feel overwhelmed or really down about anything, I try to step way back and look at the situation from a completely new viewpoint.

It takes some practice and sometimes you have to do a little acting in your mind and pretend to be the other person to see how their viewpoint might be really important to solving your problem.

Often it’s my own hang-ups and blind-spots that are keeping me from finding a path through the darkness. It really works!

Image: St. Jude's Ranch Color Dash

Even today, I have a family situation I need to face with compassion. It’s awkward and a recipe for the “shoot the messenger” response, but I’m forging ahead. But before I do, I’m going to use this technique to play with my options.

I’m confident I will come up with a much better outcome.

Since working on this for a year, I try to turn every disappointment into an opportunity, and it’s become quite remarkable. I can now find some completely innovative possibility in almost any discouraging situation. And now my brain goes into that mode almost automatically.

Give it a try,.. it’s like building up a muscle. It takes consistency, but before you know it, you’ll be doing your own emotional heavy lifting with a new perspective!

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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2CELLOS are Thunderstruck

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

When was the last time you had a major paradigm shift in your preconceived notions? Today we share something that is fun and insightful for just that reason. Introducing the aptly named 2CELLOS –  (stay with us even if you think you won’t like this!) – a two-man band of sorts, that tends to scramble reality.

If you are a regular to EWC, you know we have a lot of fun here sharing topics that bridge the chasm between seemingly disparate ideas. Today’s EWC Thought Leaders are an amazing example of this sort of innovation.

First, we’ll start you off with this classic little diddy, played like you’d never imagine… (See if you recognize the tune!)

Via: 2CELLOS 1

Well then! Now that will turn a few heads in the orchestra pit! Do you recognize that tune? That, dear friends, is the timeless AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” played via cello by 2CELLOS.

Well now… what else is there to say? Maybe exactly what Dr. Chuck and I said after watching that first “Thunderstruck Live” rendition: “there’s no way this is real/legit!” So, as we promise in our mission statement, our curation team searched… and searched… and searched to validate these guys as serious, actual musicians. And then we found the following video, which left us muttering, “If Elton John likes these guys, I guess EWC can take his word for it!”

Via: 2CELLOS 2

And lastly for today to demonstrate their range even further, we found this beautiful, beautiful traditional piece by Bach – “Double Violin Concerto in D Minor” – by 2CELLOS. Even if you’ve never listened to a classical piece of music in your life (which I can almost admit), this might be the one to start with. Lovely.

Via: 2CELLOS 3

So folks! We can do it all for you here at EverWideningCircles! We can take you from AC/DC, to Elton John, to Bach, and back again. 

I know… this is the nicest, most curious place on the web!

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Stay open, curious, and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

 

 


 

Images of a Storm Chaser

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Dr. Lynda

These days, you may have noticed that it’s not enough to be really good at just one thing. In today’s world, life is a little richer and you are much more valuable to the wider world if you have a unique blend of skills and interests. Here’s an inspiring example…

Image: Purple Lightning
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Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.