Symbolism in Art

Symbolism in Art

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In 1993 Christina Beckenäs founded The Academy of Symbolism in Art. Read more: As a symbolist Christina believe that art apprehends more absolute truths which could only be accessed indirectly. Thus, the painted and sculptured scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner. The paintings and sculptures provide particular images or objects with esoteric attractions.On this blog you can read about Christina and other artists´works of art, interesting ideas and cultural events. Pax Profundis! Pax Cultura!

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Thu, December 29, 2011 23:12:07

Read more about Sheila Nirenberg

Recent Publications

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Flow :-)

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Fri, December 09, 2011 17:34:37
Since early childhood I/Christina have very often found myself in a condition called (according to research) flow.Photo:deconstructingyourself.comPhoto: boxesandarrows.comArticle in Swedish: DN INSIDAN "Alla vill ha mer flow i sitt liv" "Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."
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SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Tue, December 06, 2011 16:16:24



"Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as "new" may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as "valuable" is similarly defined in a variety of ways.

Scholarly interest in creativity ranges widely: Topics to which it is relevant include the relationship between creativity and general intelligence; the mental and neurological processes associated with creative activity; the relationship between personality type and creative ability; the relationship between creativity and mental health; the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology; and the application of an individual's existing creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning processes and of the teaching processes tailored to them.

Creativity and creative acts are therefore studied across several disciplines - psychology, cognitive science, education, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), technology, theology, sociology, linguistics, business studies, and economics. As a result, there are a multitude of definitions and approaches. "

”Man måste verkligen vilja ta in något nytt”
Publicerad 2011-12-05

Det utmärkande för kreativa människor är att de är öppna för intryck från andra. Även om den kreativa processen till stor del sker inne i huvudet är det viktigt att vara nyfiken och på allvar vilja ta in något nytt, menar psykologen Maria Sandgren som sett till att kreativitet nu blivit ett akademiskt ämne.
....Hon är lektor i det nya ämnet estetisk psykologi vid Södertörns högskola i Huddinge – ett ämne som hon själv byggt upp, dit studenterna vallfärdar och där kreativitet är en stor och viktig del. Inspirationen kommer från USA, där ämnet är stort.
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A living example of creativity :-)

TED Talks/You Tube
Amy Purdy:
Living beyond limits

When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

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Positive Psychology

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Tue, October 25, 2011 12:46:07
Welcome to Authentic Happiness

"Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.

This website has more than 2 million users from around the world, and you are welcome to use all of the resources available here for free."

Martin Seligman Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy Video/You Tube

Flourish/You Tube

"One of the world's most influential psychologists Martin Seligman calls for a reinvention of governance and education, and a revolution in our personal lives."

Martin Seligman on positive psychology/TED Talks

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Quantum Levitation

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Mon, October 24, 2011 20:50:21

Quantum Levitation

Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field (quantumlevitation). For an explanation of the physics behind this demonstration

New Scientist

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2011 Nobel Prize Announcements

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Thu, October 06, 2011 14:30:05
The Nobel Prize 2011


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 is awarded to Tomas Tranströmer "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".


The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals"


The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" with one half to Saul Perlmutter and the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt andAdam G. Riess

Physiology or Medicine

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided, one half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity" and the other half to Ralph M. Steinman "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity

Nobel Peace Prize

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.

In October 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325. The resolution for the first time made violence against women in armed conflict an international security issue. It underlined the need for women to become participants on an equal footing with men in peace processes and in peace work in general.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president. Since her inauguration in 2006, she has contributed to securing peace in Liberia, to promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position of women. Leymah Gbowee mobilized and organized women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women’s participation in elections. She has since worked to enhance the influence of women in West Africa during and after war. In the most trying circumstances, both before and during the “Arab spring”, Tawakkul Karman has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen.

It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s hope that the prize to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman will help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent.

Oslo, October 7, 2011"

Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

" The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2011 to Thomas J. Sargent New York University, New York, NY, USA and Christopher A. Sims Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA "for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy" ."

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The Nobel Prize has been awarded to women 44 times

"The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 44 times between 1901 and 2011. Only one woman, Marie Curie, has been honoured twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This means that 43 women in total have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2011."


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Astronomers´Days 2011

SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Fri, September 30, 2011 10:33:20

Welcome to the Swedish Astronomers' Days 2011, which will take place29. September to 1. October, at Chalmers in Gothenburg! During the Astronomers Days, professional and amateur astronomers meet to discuss the latest research results and the future development of astronomy.

The scientific programme consists of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters, and includes a visit to Onsala Space Observatory on Saturday (1. Oct). The programme will start after lunch on Thursday (29. Sept.) and end on Saturday afternoon (1. Oct.). Place: Palmstedtsalen, Student Union Building, Chalmers Campus Johanneberg.

The Astronomers' Days are organized by the research group Radio astronomy and astrophysics, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Chalmers, in cooperation with Onsala Space Observatory, the Swedish Astronomical Society, and the National Committee for Astronomy.

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SCIENCEPosted by Christina Beckenäs Fri, September 30, 2011 10:29:24

Onsala Space Observatory

The Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy

Photo: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, Chalmers

Astronomers discover multiple supernovas

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