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This blog is about both scientific, societal/political, and yoga-related issues - individually and considered as different aspects of the same problem/solution. A longer description is found in the first blog entry, and all old posts are found in a structured way here. The blog is an extension of my main home pages and Twitter: @gunnarcedersund

The Dec 3 TED-evening: science/medicine and politics/society/ethics

events/courses at Posted on Jan 03, 2014 19:42

After some wonderful days of relaxed Christmas recreations, we have now passed New Year, and I am again eager to start doing things. A very stimulating thing for me, which I love to do this time of the year, is to sum up things that have been, get some zoomed-out perspective, and from this perspective lay some new visions, dreams and plans for the year(s) to come. First out in this process is the last TED evening, which was held here at yoga-link on December 3, 2013.


// start out the first session, before the food brake, we listened to a little song I just discovered (and described e.g. here), and which layed the emotional basis: we want to create a new order of things. Or as the lyrics say:

Let’s get the tv and the radio
to play our tune again
its ’bout time we got some airplay of our version of events

These TED-evenings is in a way part of our attempt to do exactly that: to get some airplay for our version of events. To get some airplay for the most exciting developments of the global human mind downloaded to this part of the world as well. Downloaded to Sweden, to Linköping, to T1. To combine the global phenomenon of the global mind with the old-fashion and partially lost art of spending time with friends, while eating some nice food and having a good time.

// next video was a repeat of an old favorite, one that we have seen at least one earlier TED-evening. However, since there was only some 2-3 of us who were there who had seen it before, we decided to see it anyway – since some of those who hadn’t seen it thought the title sounded intriguing, and since our pre-video discussions were very much about personal responsibility, and of how this connects to the global developments. This video basically says that we need to take personal responsibility for ourselves, that we need to create social structures that are not centered around rules and incentives, but around virtue – that old-fashion concept that asks us to do what is right, to do what feels right. This is possible to do in a society where rules are not rigid, where you feel like a person, an individual, interacting with other persons, and where personal responsibiilty acting outside of the standard procedure is celebrated and not punished. Nevertheless, whereas this video argued in very clear terms for the importance of achieving this, it did not have many showcases of how to achieve that. That was were the third video came in.

// this third video was a rerun of a video we had seen before, in an earlier TED evening, but where again there were hardly anybody present who had attended that earlier event. This video, which is one of my favorite TED-videos so far, shows some very concrete examples of a general and rapidly growing trend: how internet and new technology can be used to connect people to each other, in a way that allows them to trust each other, and thereby help each other, and gradually take over governmental functions. This allows us to enter into politics, not only in the very high-level front image level, which is the thin top layer where elections are held, but in the core actual inner workings of the system, where the government actually functions. My favorite and most startling quote from this video is “we need to make bureaucracy sexy”.


After this we had about an hour brake, where we mingled around in two different rooms: the kitchen and the video room. Various groups of discussions formed naturally, and the above described relationship between the above two TED videos was identified: the first one showed the need to make a more personal-responsibility approach to government, and the second one showed how this can be achieved in practice.



The second part started with a video of a physicist, David Deutsch, who spoke about the basic principles of modern science. Basic principles of epistemology, the difference between a testable hypothesis and a myth. These important concepts and perspectives based on previous successes within science formed a nice basis for the final two videos, which delved into the current and future challenges of science: to more fully understand the power and complexity of the human mind, and how we can relate to its healing of problems both within the human mind itself, and within the rest of the human body.


The second video in the second session was about a person who had started to hear voices, voices that over time had gotten more and more vicious and mean, up to the point where she was a complete mess, and were most doctors had more or less completely given up on her. But, the story was also about how she had some doctors who managed to convince her that these voices were a meaningful response to not resolved inner problems, and once she could correctly understand and interpret the message that these voices tried to convey to her, she could start to respond to them properly, and thus start a healing process. Now, these voices are not only completely friendly to her, they are almost like a superpower – she can now remember verbatim what she reads, she can listen to two conversations at once, etc etc.


In the 6th and final video of the evening, the power of the human mind was taken one step further: to the healing of the body. In this remarkable story, Anita Moorjani explains how she was lying on the death bed, and – according to the doctors – was in a coma that she was not expected to wake up from, when something remarkable happened: she had a near-death experience, that allowed her to see many things. She could see not only what was happening around her, and far away from her, but also what emotional basis there was for her attracting her disease, and how she could heal herself again, by simply changing her emotional set-point. This she also did. She chose to wake up again, and to heal herself, by ending her fears. Within a few weeks she went from terminally ill and on the brink of death to completely recovered. The interesting thing with this story, to me, is that she was so clear about how she could do it. She is now talking not only about this story, but also more generally about sound life principles. These can be summed up in the phrase “live life fearlessly”, or in the following lyrics, which are taken from the song that opened the whole TED evening:

Yeah we’re all wonderful, wonderful people
so when did we all get so fearful?
Now we’re finally finding our voices
so take a chance, come help me sing this


We plan to have a new TED evening probably around mid-February. If you want to follow discussions concerning this, join the facebook group, or the rizzoma discussion page. Suggested themes so far are: “3D printing and other technologies” and “relationships and sex”! 🙂

TED evening 3/12, lunch concert 17/12, yoga-weekend in Jan/Feb

events/courses at Posted on Dec 01, 2013 16:41

The below email was sent out a few days ago on my email list. Send me an email (at gunnar.cedersund “at” gmail dot com) if you want to be included in it.

Dear friends, interesting human beings,

as most
of you know already, I have a tradition of arranging occassional
TED-evenings in my yoga and dance-studio. It is now time for another
one, and it will take place on Dec 3, i.e. now on Tuesday. As usual it
is on Rekrytg 4, 3rd floor, and we will start with drop-in of food (if
you want to bring some) and deciding of videos around 18, 18.30 or so,
and then start watching videos around 19. We should be finished by 22
with the last video, and you are free to leave earlier (or come later)
if you want. However, if you haven’t already, please write in
before-hand and check that there still are places left (UPDATE: there are now virtually none left). Either by email or
sms: 0702-512323. Further and more general info regarding TED-evenings
can be found here, including a link to a wave-discussion about what to
watch, here.

from that I also want to say that I will have the next lunch concert on
*Tuesday* Dec 17. It is hence not on a Monday, but otherwise as usual,
i.e. 12.20-12.50 and in Berzelius-salen, HU, Linköping. I will play
Beethoven’s op 2:3, which is the third and last sonata in his first
series of sonatas, written at the age of 25. At this point, he was
equally much about to prove himself as a pianist in Vienna as about
diving into composing, so there are lots of “show off”-places. When you
hear it you can just picture a wildly ambitious and super-talented young
Beethoven showing off in one of the many soirees he attended in those
early years.

Finally, for those of you who are interested in my
yoga-teaching, I hope to have a new intensive yoga-weekend at some point
not too far off, probably in Jan/Feb or so. If you are, and if you
haven’t already, let me know if you are interested.

best wishes,

Time for two new events: a concert on Monday, and a TED evening early December

events/courses at Posted on Nov 23, 2013 21:40

//’ve got the words to change a nation
but you’re biting your tounge
You’ve spent a life-time in silence
afraid you’ll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it, how’re we gonna learn your song?

So come on, come on
come on, come on“

are the opening lyrics of the song that was played in the audition of
the wonderful shadow performance group Attraction, which I talked about
in the previous post. I really liked these lyrics, and I really do feel
what she talks about: that we all of us, including me, have “the words
to change a nation”, but that we are all somehow holding ourselves back.
Well, enough of that!
Tomorrow, on Sunday afternoon, I am going to
attend a discussion group regarding possible options to introduce a
guaranteed income, and this is a part of my general ambition to dive
into the maturation of our economy.

The day after this, I am going to give a new lunch concert at last. This time I will get back to some of the pieces and inspirations with
which I started the whole series, about three years ago: to Chopin. I
will play some of the pieces I played then, i.e. some of his Preludes op
28, but I will also play some other works. These include e.g.
Fantasie-Impromptu and his wonderful Berceuse. As usual I will also talk
a little about the pieces I am playing.

What: Lunch concert, piano with Gunnar Cedersund
When: Monday 25/11, 12.20-12.50
Where: Berzeliussalen, next to the HU library
Price: Free of charge!

Apart from this, I am also planning for a new TED evening. Preliminary date is December 3, a Tuesday.

Yoga-classes to Start Early October; Concert on Saturday

events/courses at Posted on Sep 06, 2013 00:13

As some of you might have noticed, I am currently in the middle of a new big travelling period: it started with the trip to Gothenburg and AstraZeneca, early last week, and this last weekend I was in Copenhagen for a conference (summary to follow soon). The biggest travel hasn’t started yet, though: in a few days I am going down to the south of Europe, where I will stay until the end of September.

Therefore, the yoga courses for this semester are a bit delayed, and will start only in October. They will be similar to previous semesters, i.e.

Beginners/Improvers, Mondays 18-20, start Sept 30, first time try-out
Intermediate/Advanced, Tuesdays, 19-21.30, start October 1

I also hope to have one or several intensive weekends, since this is one of my favourite ways of teaching. However, for that, I will not set a specific date until I have received a note of interest from at least 3 people, whereafter I will decide a date together with them, and thereafter announce this to all. So if you are interested in such a weekend (on either of the two levels), please let me know.

I will update the general home page as well soon, and then update this blog post to also include links to appropiate sites.

Finally: if you want to hear me play music soon, I will do some smaller pieces at this year’s Slaka music festival on Saturday, together with Marie LĂ€nne Persson and Helene Ranada. More info here, and in flyer below.

The most harmonious and light-filled soiree to date: mini-resume and links

events/courses at Posted on Aug 21, 2013 21:24

// first time I heard this piece, I knew immediately that I needed to play it – as soon as possible. A few months ago, the CD was released and some month later I got the sheet music – and this Saturday, for the first time, I at last got to perform this piece in front of others.


A few days ago I and my friends had a new soiree here in Linköping. This soiree is a concept that has been developed over the years, and arranged primarily by my family, even though all who attend contribute in one way or another. This is a concept that we have taken from the 19th century middle and upper class music form: to perform music with and for your friends, as a means of hanging out with each other. This soiree was the 23rd one we have arranged, it had the theme “M”, and now follows a quick little resume:

On the piano solo side, I played some of my favourite pieces: Beethoven’s op 111 (which I write about e.g. here), and some new (one, two, and above), some older (one, two, three) and initial (one, two) pieces of Emily Bear (I made a little journey through her short but eventful life).

Together with the concertmaster of Östergötlands BlĂ„sarsymfoniker, Dan Larsson, I played two pieces: Sonatine by B. Martinu (1st, 2nd, 3rd, movements) and the 2nd movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto.

Together with violinist Olov Öberg, we made a re-run of a piece we played on one of the very first soirees, over 10 years ago: Mozart’s beautiful violin sonata in e minor (1st, 2nd movement).

We also sang some songs (allsĂ„ng): e.g. Cornelis Vreesvijk’s “Grimasch om morgonen“, Dan Andersson’s “Jag vĂ€ntar vid min mila“, and 2 others.

The biggest and most characteristic event of the evening was the group Najka, who came and did their wonderful rendition of Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” (which is what you see in the picture above). The Prophet is originally a collection of peoms (to which I am writing a continuation :), but they make it in a wonderful arrangement with music, dancing, moving about, and many different instruments mixed in a wonderful weave of story telling.

All in all, this is perhaps the most harmonious soiree on my side, and the most light-filled one. I am very happy that I managed to arrange things so that my own solo-performances were done in a highly focused manner, where both some of Emily Bear’s pieces and parts of op 111 really generated some magic moments, which promises well for future performances of these pieces. Also, the music including the Prophet was very light-filled, but the mix was as usual both traditional chamber music, and both easy-to-listen-to and more advanced pieces (exemplified e.g. by the two clarinet pieces).

This is a picture of me reading and memorizing one of the most difficult parts of Beethoven’s op 111. After over a year of studying it, I am now happy to be able to play it for a second time. And as always with deep pieces like this one: for every performance, you just discover more and more of the magic.

New lunch concert, Friday June 7, 2013: Beethoven’s Op 10:2

events/courses at Posted on Jun 06, 2013 15:23

It is time
for a new lunch concert tomorrow! I will play Beethoven’s sonata op 10:2, the 5th
sonata in the series (going through all 32 sonatas) and one where he has
left the initial “wanting-to-impress” phase, but not yet moved into the
expansive “breaking-all-boundaries” phase. In other words, this sonata is
quite short and neat, almost like a Haydn sonata. To fill out the time, I
will also present the sonata, and play a few pieces by Emily Bear.

What: Piano lunch concert, Beethoven op 10:2
Where: Berzeliussalen, the university hospital, Linköping, Sweden
(next to the HU library)
When: June 7, 12.20-12.50
Music: Gunnar Cedersund

Welcome! 🙂

New yoga-weekend, May 10-12 – including open contact impro-evening May 11

events/courses at Posted on Apr 26, 2013 15:09

On May 10-12, there will be a new yoga weekend course here at There are sufficiently many signed up to know that it will take place, but there are still places left. Short summary below, more info here.

What: Advanced weekend courses
For whom: Open for all, but an interest in meditation is helpful
When: May 10-12, 2013
Start time: Friday at around 18
End time: Sunday around 15
Where: Rekrytgatan 4, on T1, Linköping, Sweden
Sign-up: By sending an email to

Welcome! 🙂

What we watched at last night’s TED-evening

events/courses at Posted on Apr 12, 2013 22:00

Two days ago, Wednesday evening, we had a new TED-evening. It was the first one in more than half a year, since the last time we all felt that the concept had saturated a bit, and that we had less people and not as inspiring videos as in the beginning. We therefore decided to take a little brake, and start again when the pressure to have a new evening was on again.

And, that strategy seemed to have worked just fine. This last TED-evening was the most successful one yet: with 14 people (the most so far), really great food, inspiring videos, and a generally really nice time. Here is a short summary of what we watched.

THEME 1: Health care 2.0 she talks about her own and other peoples’ research on placebo and nocebo, the two psychological phenomena by which we can heal ourselves, or injure ourselves, by our mere beliefs regarding the treatment we have taken. This is closely related to what yoga is utilizing (and is a mechanism that modern medicine has largely ignored), and it was therefore personally interesting to me. A piece of information that stuck with me was that it seems like a key ingredient in our bodies’ ability to heal ourselves is to really relax sometimes: without deep relaxation, this mechanism never kicks in.

This second video was a sort of continuation of the first, in that it was a personal story about somebody who did heal himself from a death doom. His key ingredients was to utilize a patient-to-patient online network that helped him find alternative treatments, treatments he wouldn’t have found otherwise, and treatments that seemed to be utterly effective. He also mentioned the importance of utilizing the patients as a resource in healthcare, and to get raw data available to the patients. In his recovery, he also did some psychological training which he describes in more detail in his book.

In this final video in the first session, we sort of built upon the second one, in that modern technology, information sharing, etc is being exploited and examined – to dream about where modern medicine might take us. This video is very close to what I am working with professionally – systems biology and systems medicine – and it didn’t for this reason blow my mind. But for some others it was the best video in this first session.

THEME 2: The future of education

This is a video I have watched many times before, but it was a fitting introduction to the second theme: Salman Khan who introduces his Khan Academy. There are so many amazing things in this: his way of talking in an inspirational yet really humble way, the idea of flipping the classroom, the idea of promoting experimentation and allowing for failure even though you demand mastery, etc etc. If you haven’t watched it – do it! Khan is one of my personal heroes 🙂

Khan is originally from India, and so is the guy in this second video: Bunker Roy. He has created a new type of education, an education for the poor. It is a remarkable story of how he has managed to educate people to really help themselves, and to really make a difference in making their lives, and the lives of the people around them, significantly better. An interesting facet is that he, just like so many other similar people, have found that it is much easier to inspire and effect change in a society by going via the women, by empowering and uplifting the role of the women. I think that this is true on so many levels, in society, and even in tantric sex.

The evening was rounded off with the following slightly off-topic video,
that we originally had in mind to watch in in the first topic. It is a TED-talk by the author of the best-seller novel “Eat, Pray, Love” (which also has been fimatized by Julia Roberts). She basically starts by describing the problem she faces, along with many other professional creators: she has done a divinely inspired, or at least extremely well-recieved piece, and now does not know how to follow this. She then discusses whether it isn’t really easier and more psychologically sound to dis-identify oneself from ones work, and from the ultimate inspiration that comes to you in rare occassions. For me, who also is working in the creative business, this was really interesting – and the perhaps most insipiring video during the entire evening.

Finally, if you want to see more videos, suggeset new videos, or follow the discussions leading up to new TED-evenings, go to this link on rizzoma.

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