Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

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. It entertains us.

The new we fear changes who we are, so we may open our minds and heart toward what we can become.

Novelty is the spectacle of uncertainty for an open-mind. You’ll never need to remember that if you live it.

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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