Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Cheating

When I looked at my students and wanted to express them what I felt about cheating (the exam is near), the first thought was those who cheat think poorly of themselves.

I can give numerous ethical arguments about why cheating is wrong, but the lines of ethical behavior today are by a thread. In this digital age, no other argument occurs to me better than greater awareness.

Our minds distinguish us from animals due to self-awareness and knowing our place in the symphonic narratives of the world. If we are true to ourselves and want to make a difference, we are naturally impelled to be aware.

Cheating is deceiving myself in front of an invisible audience, which looks at me whether I’m aware of their presence or not. Those who desire to be part of the next step in human evolution, and excel in life to experience the joy from the fullness of being, don’t cheat.

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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