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Society through Google Trends

3/27/2013
Recently, I have been wondering about where we are headed as a species and as a society. I wanted to find statistics that could possibly lead me in the right direction, and then I thought of Google Trends. Google Trends is an online application that shows popularity of the search terms entered into Google. Now, I suppose that should be a valid statistical indicator, since the population of Internet users is growing, and Google is the most used search engine. Now, I punched some ...

School and education

2/27/2013
I wanted to tackle this subject for some time now, and decided to write this short review of the schooling system today. This probably applies to all the education systems on the planet, but since I haven’t been everywhere, I will talk from the perspective of what I have seen. First of all, I want to point out the difference between schooling and education. We know that schools and universities are referred to as the “educational institutions”. However, this term was probably coined by p...

Learning the violin as an adult

2/11/2013
I have decided to try and learn to play the violin some two years ago. This idea was met in a somewhat discouraging manner. Firstly because I did not want to take lectures (primarily because they are too expensive), and secondly because I was already an adult and didn’t have any formal musical education. Music teachers and players will often say that one a person reaches a certain age it is more difficult to learn how to play. However, let’s back away a bit and think about this. How is ...

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