Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

How do we evolve

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Since Darwin, we think about evolution as a competition for being the best and the best survives. But what if you don’t have enough resources to compete in the first place?

Evolving through relationships

If you have fewer resources, you’re more likely to collaborate with others. And from cooperation comes survival. This is why Peter Kropotkin found the same theory of evolution as Darwin but from the less resourceful, more cooperative point of view.

The ground for competition and cooperation are relationships. Therefore, relationships are the framework of evolution. If we want to evolve in anything we do – our work, our life – we need to care for our relationships.

In plentiful times, we compete. In scarcity, we cooperate. And I think the balance between competing and cooperating, regardless of resources, is focusing on the essential.

In the essential, relationships thrive and whatever you do, and are, evolves.

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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