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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Critical Dash-1

It’s time to have a critical look at the things. First let’s look at the Eiffel tower before talking about student grades. Yeah, there is a great connection between them. Everything is in a mesh. There is always a connection. Just don’t separate yourself from the world/ reality. That is a lesson from Quantum Mechanics.
·    It was designed at home, on the kitchen table...
·    by someone who didn't get their name on it
·    Never been done before, not guaranteed to get built or to work
·    It was criticized by hundreds of leading intellectuals and cultural experts
·    It wasn't supposed to last very long
·    It's designed to be an icon, it's not an accident
·    People flock to it because it's famous
·    You can sketch a recognizable version of it on a napkin

That’s a nice bunch of interesting and useful stuff to know about the Eiffel tower. This is a pretty good daily dose for someone who wants to awaken himself/ herself to the fullest. But I’m about pushing the limits of full potential and transcending the transcendence itself. So it’s time to get critical. So it’s time for student grade facts.


New studies finds that students who are rated as more attractive get better grades and are more likely to go to college. The study followed about 9,000 US adolescents from high school in the 1990s, through until they were in their 30s 
They found that students who were rated as more attractive were also given higher grades by their teachers. But students only needed to be somewhat above average to see the advantage. The super-good-looking had no advantage over those who were above average.
This may be because being more attractive had a negative side–it was associated with more partying, dating and general social distractions.
Interestingly, being average in appearance produced no benefits in GPA scores against those with below average looks.

 “…visible characteristics like attractiveness, as opposed to averageness, gave students greater entrée and assuredness in initial interactions and greater forgiveness for foibles and missteps in later interactions, something particularly valuable in the large impersonal world of high school. In this context, average-looking youth had relatively few chances for standing out or opportunities to gain status in a competitive playing field.” 

                                                These 2 things are very much related to each other. If you want take some time to bake your noodle and try to figure out how and why.

                                                                   The key point in both of these topics is the discussion on remarkability. Eiffel tower is highly popular because of its remarkability. Eiffel tower is purple cow. So many people visit it and treasure it. Attractive students got higher grades because of their remarkability. They were different from the average. Therefore they got treated different from average.

                             Sometimes great changes can be done using very small things. What kind of a student would think of improving his/her looks in order to get better grade? What kind of a person would design something so ridiculous like Eiffel tower? It’s either a really smart one or one who is too dumb to understand the society’s boundaries and definitions.

PEOPLE WILL CRITICIZE YOU FOR YOUR WAYS. BUT WHEN YOU TAKE A WHOLE NEW APPRAOCH TOWARDS YOUR WORK, YOU CAN CREATE WONDERS. IT’S ALL ABOUT STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE AND HAVING THE RIGHT EQUILIBRIUM. YES EQUILIBRIUM. IF THE EIFEL TOWER WAS TOO MUCH OF A TWISTED DESIGN, SOME PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SCARED AWAY. IF YOU ARE ALL TOO GOODLOOKIN YOU’LL REDUCE SOME OF THE FACTORS YOU HAVE GAINED THROUGH LOOKS.

                                                This equilibrium is very contextual. It depends on your audience. Depending on your audience, change the settings and take a different approach. If you are a lawyer, don’t dress like a supermodel. Dress sexy and you’ll have impressive results. If you make something for Halloween, make sure kids get scared away. Then you’ll be an urban legend among kids.