Michael Crichton – Unpopular Truth
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 Author Michael Crichton discusses his reluctance to accept some of today’s pop science conclusions. In high school, my best friend Bradley Minnaar, introduced me to his books: Andromeda Strain, Sphere and later we read Jurassic Park before the movie was released. Here’s a Summary of Unpopular Truth: Environmentalism is a religion Second-hand smoke does not

Recap of TEDxBeijing 2016 Year End Event
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 This is a recap of the TEDxBeijing year-end event that took place yesterday. It was my first time to attend a TEDx event in China and it was superbly organised. The venue was at Mee Park Cafe inside Universal Creative Park, Beijing. The 300 RMB tickets were almost sold out by the time I purchased

Short Film Laisuotuo 莱索托
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 A new short film Laisuotuo was released by filmmaker Carl Houston Macmillan. He says, “This is a film about two immigrants, a Chinese shop owner in Lesotho and an African Doctor in China. This 20min film is about how stereotyping and racial profiling reduces our empathy. Cultural understanding is ever so important in our global

TEDxPortElizabeth launches in Nelson Mandela Bay
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 [Port Elizabeth, Monday, 27 June 2016] – Sharing a world of dreams with the global TED and TEDx community, TEDxPortElizabeth will launch their first conference this year with the theme Through the Looking Glass in partnership with the new AFDA Film School in Port Elizabeth. TEDxPortElizabeth continues on from TEDxNMMU (2012) and TEDxSummerstrand (2013), both

Does Money Buy Happiness?
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 Does money buy happiness or a big mansion? This funny video by blogger Victor Pride reminded me to always think differently from what Bill Cooper called “the sheeple!” And so after watching this video, think about it for a while, and ask your friends to get their reaction. You will notice the clear bias against

Solving The Port Elizabeth School Tragedy
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 The school tragedy in Port Elizabeth is the latest episode in the ongoing Eastern Cape education disaster. Recently public intellectual, Professor Jonathan Jansen, wrote about the school tragedy in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas. Read his original column here: The real education calamity. He asks “why is there no public outcry about the fact that since

Grow Your Business in Year of Fire Monkey
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 China’s economy is slowing down. Financial reports raise concerns that for 5 consecutive months the manufacturing sector shrunk in December 2015. On the other hand the Chinese government has just committed $60 billion to Africa after the FOCAC summit in 2015. State owned enterprises (SOE) companies continue to benefit from high level government introductions. President

In South Africa University #FeesMustFall
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 This is a letter written by my Computer Science lecturer, Craig Reynolds. He was an academic for most of the time that I knew him and at some point moved into the business world, first working for Sun Microsystems and later Oracle Corporation in Dubai. He also graciously wrote a recommendation, which helped me to

Grow Your Confidence with Toastmasters in Ningbo
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 This is an my first column published in Ningbo Focus magazine. “Madam Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen…”, is how many speeches start at a Toastmasters club meeting. Two years ago when I arrived in Ningbo there was only one club with 5 guests. In 2015 there are five Toastmasters clubs, who meet regularly, from Book City

Cyber Infidelity – The New Seduction
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 Online dating is one of those things that the Internet was made for: People trying to meet people for love and sex in the supposed privacy of their homes. Cyber Infidelity is a book by Dr Eve, who’s real name is Dr Marlene Wasserman based in Cape Town, South Africa. She’s South Africa’s answer to