Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.


I’ve just finished watching the documentary “Free Solo.” A remarkable achievement of the human spirit. A mix of courage and vulnerability from which we can learn a lot about dedication and hard work.

There is one thought of free solo climber Alex Honnold that caught my attention.

”I think that the free soloing mentality is pretty close to warrior culture, where you give something 100% focus because your life depends on it.” (Alex Honnold)

What if every project we set our minds into was like doing a free solo on El Capitan? The learning mind has this warrior spirit, or – at least – I think it should. When we set ourselves the goal of learning anything because it’s an intrinsic part of being human, we should give 100%. We should think our life depends on it. It is the mentality which takes even the smallest thing in our lives and makes it a great achievement.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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