The Death of Expertise

“The presence of advanced information technology, namely the Internet, is the acceleration of the collapse of communication between experts and laypeople which has offered an apparent shortcut to erudition.” Tom Nichols. The power of social media can change a person’s life. Even an amateur can be someone who is believed to be the most skilled. Phenomenon of Dewa Kipas is a simpel example lately. Even though he is not a professional chess player and does not have a title, most Indonesian netizens are very confident that he is a great chess player and can really beat a professional player. Why does it happen? A highly recommended book to know the… Read More

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Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The three films were shot simultaneously and entirely in Jackson’s native, New Zealand. One of the iconic movie sets there is Hobbiton. Hobbiton was located in the center of the Shire in the far eastern part of the Westfarthing, Matamata. It was the home of many illustrious Hobbits, a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the Kaimai ranges, 2 hour drive from Auckland. Before Hobbit-holes, much greenery, and other set-pieces were installed.… Read More

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Happiness Hormones

Hormones are chemicals produced by different glands across your body. They travel through the bloodstream, acting as messengers and playing a part in many bodily processes. One of these important functions? Helping regulate your mood. Certain hormones are known to help promote positive feelings, including happiness and pleasure. These “happy hormones” include: Dopamine. Also known as the “feel-good” hormone. Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of your brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more. Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory. Oxytocin.… Read More

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Coffee Fact

Hi coffee lovers, Indonesia was the fourth-largest producer of coffee in the world in 2014. Coffee cultivation in Indonesia began in the late 1600s and early 1700s, in the early Dutch colonial period, and has played an important part in the growth of the country. Indonesia is geographically and climatologically well-suited for coffee plantations, near the equator and with numerous interior mountainous regions on its main islands, creating well-suited microclimates for the growth and production of coffee. Indonesia produced an estimated 660,000 metric tons of coffee in 2017. Of this total, it is estimated that 154,800 tons were slated for domestic consumption in the 2013-2014 financial year. Of the exports,… Read More

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