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About Beauty

Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are. – Anaïs Nin You’ve inspired me to be hot and famous. – a teenage girl told Kim Kardashian The Oxford Dictionary includes in its definition of ugly in English “morally repugnant.” In Greek, the word “kalos” means both beauty and noble, while “aischros” means shameful as well as ugly. – Julia Baird Natasha did not want to go, but could not refuse Marya Dmitrievna´s kind offer intended expressly for her. When she came dressed into the ballroom to wait for her father and looking in the large mirror saw that she was pretty, very pretty, she felt even more sad, but it was a sweet, tender sadness. – [Leo Tolstoy (1869), War and Peace]

Always in the Present

If we are all rewriting our memories every time we recall an event, the memory exists not as a file in our brain but only as the most recent rewrite of a scenario. Every memoir is fabricated, and the past is nothing more than our last retelling of it. Archival memory data is mixed with whatever new information helps shape the way we think—and feel—about it. “My conclusion,” says Schiller, “is that memory is what you are now. Not in pictures, not in recordings. Your memory is who you are now.” [ MIT Technology Review (2013)]


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Segundo os dados disponibilizados pela Ordem, no ano lectivo 2013/2014 há mais 21 vagas do que no anterior nos cursos de Enfermagem. "Considero uma falta de visão estratégica e de respeito pelos cidadãos e contribuintes portugueses, ainda mais neste momento de contenção económica tão necessária. Formar um enfermeiro custa aos contribuintes quatro anos de investimento que ronda cerca de 25 mil euros/ano para depois outros países suprirem da sua formação a custo zero ", condena o bastonário da OE, Germano Couto. A assistência financeira portuguesa à Alemanha, Reino Unido e demais.

Unremarkably Average

To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live. – Victor Hugo

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