Category Archives: Intelligence

Optimism, Pessimism, the Pursuit of ‘Happiness’ and our own Slice of ‘Reality’

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve always found Freud’s idea of “The Pleasure Principle” fascinating. When I watch myself and those I know make choices over and over and over again, which by any reasonable standards would be considered antithetical … Continue reading

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Quick-and-Dirty vs. Slow-and-Detailed

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden As we all know, there are COUNTLESS ways to perceive “Reality”. One thing’s for sure; how we perceive “Reality” determines both how we feel and how we behave. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that it’s … Continue reading

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Have you ever wondered how really stupid people seem to be oblivious to their own stupidity? Have you ever noticed this cognitive self-blindness in yourself in a particular life domain or skill (after the fact, … Continue reading

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Terminology, Semantics and “The MIND”

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It fascinates me over and over again how we use terminology and yet it’s not REALLY clear what is meant and what is not. Take the word “MIND”. If we are going to separate “Mind” … Continue reading

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Slower is Faster

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Funny thing about time. It is relative. When I was in my 20s, I wanted to ‘get it together’ as a performer and as a singer as fast as possible. My time-frame for preparing a … Continue reading

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focus Focus FOCUS F O C U S

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve long asked myself what people mean exactly when they use this word. It came up in a seminar recently. One of the participants was asking herself the same question out loud. It came up … Continue reading

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LIFE = DRAMA

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I have to admit, a part of me loves this quote. It definitely got me thinking about my own beliefs. The one arising now is about how the real juice of life, the liveliness of … Continue reading

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