Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

If time doesn’t stretch, what does?

As I was designing my day, there was so much I wanted to accomplish this week and I don’t know how to fit it all. I wanted time to stretch, but how could I do it without defying the second law of thermodynamics?

Thoughtful writing

Why would an audience understand the real value of research through a Tweet, with a limited number of words? Maybe yes, maybe not. I think there’s a better way.

Are 800,000 years enough?

Why would nature give us the intelligence to understand its dynamics, while destroying itself, simultaneously, because our lack of using the intelligence given? Though question to understand?

Slow down

Is there anything more enjoyable and rewarding than a silent and refreshing moment of pause? Slow down. What we learn is how to achieve greater awareness of our surroundings.

Were we prepared for the digital revolution?

One of the most important lessons I learned while doing my Ph.D. was to take good care of preparing anything from an experiment to a presentation. When technologies emerged like the iPhone and iPad, I was fascinated and embraced the workflow they provided. But was I prepared for what came next?

Minutes of your life

This past Sunday I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts, the only social media platforms I interacted with. Why?

Learn to avoid having your brain hacked

Companies building apps are – literally- hacking your brain. Have you noticed? Me neither.

It’s never too late to stop thinking too little of yourself

Those who seek the minimums, think too little of themselves. When we nurture a learning mind, we don’t aspire for minimums but overcome the maximum resistance which deviates our potential from what it is capable of reaching.

Learning through mystery

Mysteries are hidden realities. Enigmas are problems we can solve, but I would distinguish them from mysteries.

Finding creativity

The way to move forward and find our creativity is a balanced life between its digital and analog sides. A simple life grounds on the essential feeding our relational self and developing our ability to learn.