Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Pico-influencers

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

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

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

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 […]

Awareness comes from learning

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

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?

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 […]

Wake-up

An Arab proverb says “The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.” Both wake up, but is the ground of your life a marsh or a garden? When we state the importance of having a greater awareness of everything, it all begins with […]

Cats

They are the stars in YouTube and Social Media and I wondered why because one specimen just sat on the porch of our vacation house.

Distraction is not that bad

We get distracted, miss opportunities and that’s not good. But not all distractions are bad.