Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Noofulness

Even if we become more mindful and begin paying greater attention, how do we know we’re paying attention to what matters? And how do we decide what matters most?

We are the cosmos self-awareness and added another level of complexity to the biosphere with the consciousness upgrade and gave birth to the noosphere, the sphere of human thought (Teilhard de Chardin). But the virtualization of our lives leads me to believe we’re wasting this gift in the name of dopamine.

If the private sector can use the data on us to control our behavior, as we’ve seen in Netflix Documentary The Great Hack, how do you know you’re in control of your behavior and not doing what others want you to do? The best answer I have is greater awareness.

It’s waking up from the mindless game of social media and introduce pauses in your life. Pauses of quietness create the space and time to slow down and be mindful of your thoughts. Then, you relate those thoughts with your behavior and meditate on the underlying values.

Ask yourself: are these values relational or alienational? Are they leading you to a greater comprehension of reality, or feeding your virtual self? By virtual self I mean the idea others have of you from your digital footprint. Is it coherent with your real life?

There is a proliferation of the importance of mindfulness to rightly appropriate your mind and increase your awareness in the present moment. But we need to go deeper in our awareness and develop a greater consciousness of who we were, are and want to be.

Our behavior is an expression of our consciousness. And a shallow consciousness is likely to drift in the sea of social media hype.

To mindfulness,

“a flexible state of mind in which we are actively engaged in the present, noticing new things and sensitive to context” (Ellen Langer)

I add the need for Noofulness

a relational state of consciousness in which we are actively aware of the present, questioning new things and bringing them into context.

How do you think we could practice noofulness?

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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