Art of talking with fingers – One among 64 arts (akshara-mushtika-kathana)...

Oct 8, 2014 by

Look around any coffee shop, and you’ll see how much talking our hands do for us. Colleagues underscore their conversational points with a wave of the hand or a slap of the forehead, while friends swapping stories from the weekend subtly mime crucial moments in the narrative. Customers at the pastry case point at items to indicate their orders. These everyday gestures are so spontaneous and ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget how essential they are to our communication and how much they reveal about us. “ Everybody thinks signers gesture, but it’s just not clear where sign stops and gesture begins. This may give us a way to address that question.” —Susan Goldin-Meadow Some researchers suggest that nonverbal communication represents two thirds of all the information that we communicate in what we could...

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Art of engineering – One among 64 arts (vastu-vidya)...

Aug 19, 2014 by

Introduction Engineering (from Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning “to contrive, devise”) is the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. The discipline of engineering is extremely broad, and encompasses a range of more specialized fields of engineering, each with a more specific emphasis on particular areas of applied science, technology and types of application. One who practices engineering is called an engineer, and those licensed to do so may have more formal designations. The American Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD, the predecessor of ABET) has defined “engineering” as: “The creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to...

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Art of carpentry – One among 64 arts (takshana)...

Aug 19, 2014 by

Introduction Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete form work, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did the rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. Carpentry in the United States is almost always done by men. With 98.5% of carpenters being male, it was the fourth most male-dominated occupation in the country in 1999,and there were about 1.5 million positions in 2006. Now the old fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by successfully completing that country’s department...

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