Almost half a century ago the US Military offered a unique view on the definition of soft skills

Sometimes I am excited to realize that some of my previously held knowledge has been flawed. After-all, learning is not a mere amalgamation of information, it is also that uncomfortable feeling (referred to as cognitive dissonance) of questioning and restructuring our deeply-rooted cognitive schema of knowledge, assumptions, and beliefs.

When…


Their tool was a binary system, but it wasn’t a computer

Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Russia. A renowned fortress for political prisoners from the first quarter of 18th century until the early 1920’s. Writers, philosophers, literary critics, poets, military officers and general — the list certainly doesn’t end here. …


They will traverse disciplines to find solutions

Let’s Play!

Before we have a brief review of what problems are qualified as “Wicked Problems” and what people can be referred to as polymaths, here is a problem for you:

What letter of the Roman alphabet represents a number of years it took Scheherazade to tell her stories?

It has to…


With ILITIES come contradictions

It is

If an oxymoron is defined as a phrase that appears to sound self-contradictory, then yes, “constant change” is an oxymoron. How can something be changing and be constant (or remaining unchanged) at the same time?

It’s not

Constant change is not an oxymoron. It’s actually one of the most mundane notions across…


Have I failed my own bravado advice

I haven’t written in almost a month now; while during the previous month, 11 articles tap-danced through my keyboard with ease and gaiety.

The irony of my current condition of (writer’s block) is that the first article I opened for curation was “Writer’s Block? Just Show Up and Misbehave.” It…


An (un)Intended Neglect

For almost three decades, online learning has been a topic of recurring interest and persistent skepticism. Regardless of our attitudes on its role and contribution (or compromising ramifications) to formal education,

a Black Swan in the form of COVID-19 has jolted the practice of distance learning to the forefront of…


Our time perceptions are affected by languages we speak

When learning English as a foreign language, I was fascinated with such grammatical tenses as “Past Continuous,” or “Present Indefinite,” or how about “Future Perfect Continuous”! …


A fight-or-flight response is too binary and too limiting for our complex environments. There are at least three more F-word concepts that can assist us during times of danger — be it an explicit physical threat to one’s life or a psycho-social foreshadowing to one’s ego, reputation, or career.

Fight or Flight

Most…


No extra time required, only a possible side effect of extra laughs

Really? Learn a new language?

Numerous articles have been written to encourage our brain exercising activities. Suggestions are plentiful and range from learning to play a musical instrument to mastering a foreign language. Ballroom dancing is also an option that appears to waltz into a lot of articles. …


Let’s Co-Create Alliterations

Alliteration is a powerful tool that has been used in writing and public speaking to bring an even stronger emphasis to a message.

In one of the seminal speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr. skillfully used a letter-C alliteration at the conclusion of the sentence: “I have a dream that my…

Viktoria Popova

I like to stare at the intersection of complexity and chaos. My writing ranges across topics on Problem Solving, Complexity, EdTech, Folklore, and Etymology.

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