Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Things worth reading

Reading comes in two kinds. The writings you love and those you hate. Everything else is not a waste of time, but simply not for you.

Photo by Aaron Burden at unsplash
Photo by Aaron Burden at unsplash

It’s easy to read the things you love. Ideas that drive change or intrigue you. Examples you can follow. Words which inspire action. But this reading is easy.

The things you hate are difficult to read. You disagree and feel revolted inside (and outside). You close the book, throw the paper in the air, but pick up later and continue. It is counter-intuitive, but writings you hate reading have their worth. They challenge your preconceptions, your comfort and make you experience emotion instead of indifference.

It’s hard for me to read things I hate, but I recognize their worth in my path to greater maturity in knowledge and depth in wisdom.

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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