Mondays are no longer Mundane!
Hi all and welcome to Eloquence- The public Speaking Club’s very own pre-placement talk. We hope you’re all in appropriate dress code “room casuals” and will ask us “informative questions”- we’re a very “global” club.
It’s that time of year when first year students flood CRs and the IMDC to hear recruiters talk about their professions and fellow students pitch their views through the most creative CP they can conjure (read confabulate). And the answers heard often leave the poor students even more confused than before the question was asked.
Fret not! We, at Eloquence, have come up with the one-stop guide to answer all PPT related queries: “The PPT Translator- disrobe the globe”.
Recruiters can be difficult to understand sometimes. Here’s a snippet of what “The PPT Translator- disrobe the globe” can do for you:
And now, from our very own students- such magical CP that even recruiters are left bewildered. We’ve read our compatriots’ minds for them:
Hope that was a breezy way to get Monday off to a start! Don’t take Placement so seriously, we Eloquencians say! Or if you do, make you sure you pay $15.99 ONLY for “The PPT Translator- disrobe the globe” and get your own “global” question bank free of charge!
Mondays are no longer Mundane!
So, here we are! After all our talks about Novelty in the last Eloquence session, I hope we all can appreciate novelty around us -
1) The PGP Office finding out a 'Novel' way of excruciating pain on us, the poor souls, by 2 back-to-back FRA quizes.
2) With the HR Questionnaire deadlines approaching, our answers for strengths and weaknesses are full of qualities that never existed before - truly 'Novel'.
3) The recent dorm naming in a few dorms gave us 'Novel' revelations on the most-sought-after tuchchas and tuchchis on campus. (Get going, fellas!)
4) 'Novel' propositions being put by the SAC and CR contenders... (Well, ya, we give it to you - All novelty doesn't translate into actions. Experience has taught us that.)
5) Suddenly, you can see tuchcha(i)s working on their projects and assignments in the library after a complete month and a half of complete idleness. Novelty, who doesn't say?
It's not only IIMA that gives us umpteen examples of Novelty. Lets have a quick sneak peek at what the rest of the world has been up to in its 'Novelty' endeavour.
Introducing The Ig Nobel Awards -
The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." The awards are sometimes veiled criticism (or gentle satire). Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), they are presented by a group that includes Nobel Laureates at a ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater, and they are followed by a set of public lectures by the winners at MIT.
And our awardees include the likes of -
Check out the best 10 entries at - Top 10 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
And then the Na-real Awards, being presented by none other than our very own SRK and SAK in Filmfare 2008:
OK folks, serious stuff....Those inventions might not have got patents for them. Probably they didn't deserve them. Lets have a look at the inventions that did deserve patents - The 10 most ridiculous inventions ever patented
And now, time to test how much you have learnt - Please reply on this thread, explaining what the figure below depicts briefly. And you stand to be felicitated by our Eloquence Co-ord in a 'Novel' Manner.
Keep watching out for 'Novelty' in this world. There ain't no dearth of it.
That's all folks!
Mondays are no more Mundane!!!
Having Fun with Paradoxes
What is a paradox?
A paradox is a statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition. The term is also used for an apparent contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth.
Definition of paradox can be complicated. It can be roughly simplified as “two facts contradicting each other. Which one will you choose if a truth contradicts another truth ? Let’s see some examples, starting from simple ones.
This is the simplest of paradoxes and can be created by uttering a single phrase: “I always lie”. If he is always lying than what he just said can’t be true, if it isn’t true than he doesn’t lie and if he didn’t lie he is a liar... and this goes on forever creating an endless loop. There are many variations of the liar paradox. Imagine a card. On one side is written “The sentence on the other side of this card is true” and on the back side is written “the sentence on the other side of this card is false”. Or think of two men called A and B. A says “B always says the truth” and B says “A is a liar” two paradoxes are practically same. The second statement overturns the meaning of the first one which overturns the meaning of second one and creates an endless loop.
Now we know what a paradox is. Let’s see some funny ones.
Some of the best Paradoxes are “Zeno’s paradoxes”. He was a Greek of southern Italy who made up paradoxes which contradicted our 5 senses and commonly accepted truths.
Achilles and the tortoise
In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.
In the paradox of Achilles and the tortoise, Achilles is in a footrace with the tortoise. Achilles allows the tortoise a head start of 100 meters. If we suppose that each racer starts running at some constant speed (one very fast and one very slow), then after some finite time, Achilles will have run 100 meters, bringing him to the tortoise's starting point. During this time, the tortoise has run a much shorter distance, say, 10 meters. It will then take Achilles some further time to run that distance, by which time the tortoise will have advanced farther; and then more time still to reach this third point, while the tortoise moves ahead. Thus, whenever Achilles reaches somewhere the tortoise has been, he still has farther to go. Therefore, because there are an infinite number of points Achilles must reach where the tortoise has already been, he can never overtake the tortoise. Of course, simple experience tells us that Achilles will be able to overtake the tortoise, which is why this is a paradox
The dichotomy paradox
That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.
Suppose Homer wants to catch a stationary bus. Before he can get there, he must get halfway there. Before he can get halfway there, he must get a quarter of the way there. Before travelling a fourth, he must travel one-eighth; before an eighth, one-sixteenth; and so on.
The act requires infinite number of actions which Zeno maintains is an impossibility. This paradox presents a second problem. Since every finite distance requires an infinite number of actions even the shortest imaginable distance requires infinite number of actions. Therefore nothing can move let alone arrive at some point.
The arrow paradox
If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless.
In the arrow paradox, Zeno states that for motion to be occurring, an object must change the position which it occupies. He gives an example of an arrow in flight. He states that in any one instant of time, for the arrow to be moving it must either move to where it is, or it must move to where it is not. However, it cannot move to where it is not, because this is a single instant, and it cannot move to where it is because it is already there. In other words, in any instant of time there is no motion occurring, because an instant is a snapshot. Therefore, if it cannot move in a single instant it cannot move in any instant, making any motion impossible.
As you see words can be really confusing sometimes. How can someone state the contrary of the truth and can still be saying something so truthful you can’t deny?
Let’s see one more example like this. Actually it’s a question. Something closer home:
A Saturday afternoon at the end of the last class, a Professor tells the students that, there will be a quiz next week but he doesn’t say which day and adds “If you can guess correctly which day the quiz will be held you will all pass. But if you are wrong you all fail”
What would you do if you were a student? In which day you would do the quiz if you were the PGP office?
First thing that comes in to mind is that teacher can’t do the quiz on Saturday. Since it’s the last day of the week all the students will now that the test will be held that day hence there is no days left. Let’s think about Friday. Since students know that teacher can’t do the test on Saturday they can neglect it therefore if the teacher waits till Friday they will know that the test will be held on that day. With this logic we can continue until we reach Monday and come to the conclusion that teacher can’t do the exam! But we know that it isn’t the truth. We have another paradox.
These paradoxes are complex and made up. But we also see paradoxical sentences in daily life such as “Nobody goes to that club, it’s too crowded”
One of the sources of most intriguing paradoxes is time travel and there are many examples of Hollywood movies. Let’s take “Back to the Future” even though it’s a cult- favorite, logically it’s a mess. Marty and professor go back in time and by mistake they prevent Marty’s parent from falling in love, therefore jeopardizing Marty’s existence. He slowly starts to fade away to nothingness. This is called the grandfather paradox. The paradox is this: suppose a man travelled back in time and killed his biological grandfather before the latter met the traveller's grandmother. As a result, one of the traveller's parents (and by extension the traveller himself) would never have been conceived. This would imply that he could not have travelled back in time after all, which means the grandfather would still be alive, and the traveller would have been conceived allowing him to travel back in time and kill his grandfather. Thus each possibility seems to imply its own negation. So if Marty somehow prevents his parents from conceiving him he would have never existed, therefore could never go back in time ad infitum.
We see the reverse of this paradox in terminator series. John Connor sends one of his soldiers back in time to protect his mother (machines are trying to kill his mother to eradicate john). And that soldier has sex with John's mother, leading to his existence. So John created his own existence. Can something be its own reason? John sending his soldier back in time to be his father means that if everything goes normally John would have never existed. So how can an inexistent man decide to send his father back in time to be the reason of his own existence? well... simply put, he can’t. These paradoxes actually tell us that going back in time is absolutely impossible. Only way around it is the theory of parallel universes. Each time you go back in time and step on a bug (butterfly effect) you create a parallel universe in which the bug is dead. On the other universe the same bug lives on, bites some electrical cords in a nearby house causes a short circuit, somebody panics and falls down, hit his head and that somebody was supposed to be the father of the man who would discover cold fusion .
Sources: The Internet
"Mondays are no more Mundane"
We are back! Bringing to you the much-awaited "Monday Masti"...
Loads of sentimental farewell wishes being delivered around campus, and we cant hep getting mushy! So, we thought - why not dedicate this time's Monday Masti towards helping people out with conveying their Farewell messages well?
So here we bring a list of quotes that you can use on your Adieu cards.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- Thomas Meeha
If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye until we meet again.
- Jimi Hendrix
Man's feelings are always purest and many glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.
- Jean Paul Richter
Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.
- Walt Disney
It's been an incredible ride. Mission accomplished. With that, I have to bid farewell. I'm the happiest person in the world right now. It's better than I ever thought it would be.
- Jerome Bettis
Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
- Trey Parker
Some folks arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.
- Flavia Weedn
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
- Gilda Radner
Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again.
I don't want to wake up and realize what I was dreaming was right in front of my shut eyes. I don't want to stop saying hellos for fear of saying goodbyes.
Nothing makes the earth seem very spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
As you left and said your good-byes, you forgot to tell my heart how to live without you.
And well, we fully understand. Not all of us would want farewells to be like this, right?
So, the next time, you see someone giving an awesome farewell speech, guess who's just heard from us!
So, now one for the true spirit of Eloquence, here is a video that will help you improve your public speaking skills - amongst the last ones of our contribution left in teaching something valuable to our tuchchas!
Till the next Monday then!