Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Essence of learning

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Reading Time: < 1 minute We tend to think we know everything, but do we? “All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.” ANTHONY DE MELLO The humble mindset recognizes we don’t and discovers why learning is a way of life. A way to live amid the overwhelming amount of information in the […]

Pico-influencers

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Reading Time: < 1 minute They’re in WhatsApp, in emails and right beside you. Actually, YOU are one of them. I’ve been reading about the rise of micro-influencers as people with a 10k to 50k following tribe, approached by companies as better marketers then famous people. But we all influence each other on the one-to-one basis every time we share […]

Unlearning

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Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve read a book about developing the process to learn fast, ultralearning, but while reading Anthony de Mello’s Awareness, I got intrigued by an unexpected kind of learning, unlearning. “As one man said, “I got a pretty good education. It took me years to get over it.” That’s what spirituality is all about, you know: […]

Celebrate life

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Reading Time: < 1 minute My daughter Raquel celebrates her first decade. Therefore, I’d like to invite you to celebrate life! Celebrate your life because it is a gift to the world. Celebrate the life of the person you trust the most and love. Celebrate the life of the friends who best support you when you need and when you […]

Real people waking up

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Reading Time: < 1 minute I recently read an article in Wired (July-August 2019) about a cyber-sextortion in Belmont, New Hampshire. One of the victims in this case, in the end, concludes, “We shouldn’t have to live in a world where we don’t know if people are real or not.” But it’s the world we created with our craving for […]

Are you in control?

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Reading Time: < 1 minute The screen of our smartphones is addictive and consumes our attention.

A Trust Issue

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Reading Time: < 1 minute I read an article by Zeynep Tufekci (False Promise) in Wired (July 27, 2019) stating the Internet is a low-trust society where you are on guard all the time. I’m sure this wasn’t part of Sir Tim Berners-Lee dream. A society is a group of people with a common goal. But if you no longer […]

Awareness comes from learning

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Reading Time: < 1 minute As I dive into the controversial ideas in de Mello’s Awareness, I read something insightful, which gives sense and meaning to the purpose of this blog. “in order to wake up, the one thing you need the most is not energy, or strength, or youthfulness, or even great intelligence. The one thing you need most […]

Crave and fear the new

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Our brain craves the new when it triggers dopamine, but, as Anthony de Mello insight says, “We hate the new. We hate it! And the sooner we face up to that fact, the better. We don’t want new things, particularly when they’re disturbing, particularly when they involve change.” The new we crave doesn’t change us. […]

Why racing to the Moon?

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Reading Time: < 1 minute The race to the Moon began once more in our time. But, have you wondered about the point of that? I’m reading Anthony de Mello’s book Awareness where he writes at some point “What’s the earthly use of putting a man on the moon when we cannot live on the earth?” Then I thought about […]