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The Capital Sin of Education: The lack of incentive to Learn

If you knew everything, what incentive would you have to find new things to learn? Probably none. Well, that is the reality of the traditional education system. Most classes, including language classes, whose mirror is the traditional educational model base their methods on providing answers and content, rather than letting students find them by themselves. In other words, the desire to know and learn is discouraged. In a world ...Read full article...

Don’t let your children’s grades define them

Error as a source of learning rather than a symbol of failure is necessary and essential to life, but in today’s educational system error is penalized. One way or another, we all fall or have fallen into traps. We have believed that school grades mean something, that they tell us how our children work, how intelligent they are, how they behave in class and worst of all, we have ...Read full article...

Generation OW: Addicted to screens and unhealthy habits

85% of teenage girls are sedentary while male lack of physical activity hits 78% in a generation that has been baptized as OW for overweight. Experts have long been warning that young people do not do all the physical exercise they should. Now we have the confirmation: 80% of adolescents between 11 and 17 years of age around the world do not perform the minimum daily activity to be ...Read full article...

Only science and technology will fire up Education

Curricula should reinforce collaborative skills and critical thinking. Education is boring because current programs and methodologies date to 1900s. That is why the educational systems should be updated to enhance creative skills, critical thinking and teamwork in a practical and collaborative environment focused on the development of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. That is the objective of 239 international companies that gathered at the International Exhibition of Technology ...Read full article...

Personal Sovereignty leads to Exceptionalism

It’s not the flag, it’s what it represents. It’s not the national anthem, it’s what it represents. It’s not the country, it’s what it represents. It’s not you, it’s what you represent. Arrogance is nothing else than proudness of one’s insufficiencies. An arrogant individual is one who clings to things that do not exist or that ceased to exist. The opposite of an arrogant individual is someone who seeks ...Read full article...

Meet the wealthy, famous polluters

The wealthiest people on the planet earn more and pollute more. Isn’t it tempting to believe millionaires when they tell you they, more than anyone else, care about the environment? Isn’t impossible to not believe their claims about saving the planet when they donate so much money to ‘favour the poor’? In practice, all of that sounds noble, but when posing a magnifying glass over these and other claims, ...Read full article...

Support Organic Farming: Eat locally grown foods

When you talk about eating organic, it is not about eating less meat or not being able to eat what we love. It is about eating what is available in local businesses and markets, which has not traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to reach our tables. Basically, eating organic is about being self-sufficient at the family, community and country level, rather than importing fruits, vegetables and, grains, for ...Read full article...

Why the melting pot is not always positive

The smells, noises and mixture of personalities is not always positive. The cultural, political and social melting pot also results in negative consequences for all. Human civilization is a fascinating story about the search for ways to approach our own existence. Until then we had spilled into small groups across the planet, but we found a different way to settle in the world, and get more energy from their ...Read full article...

Why sleeping less is so expensive?

In a recent article, I wrote about how happiness has become an unhealthy obsession. It is impossible to be happy all the time, and most people do not even understand what it means to be happy. Incredibly, the pursuit for success, not health or happiness, has taken a key role in modern society, even if the price of success, if achieved, is extremely high for money to pay for ...Read full article...

When the mediocre take over power

Mediocracy leads everyone to subordinate any type of deliberation to arbitrary models promoted by instances of authority. Put aside those complicated volumes: accounting manuals will be more useful. Do not be proud, do not be witty or show signs of ease: it may seem arrogant. Don’t be so passionate: people are scared. And, most importantly, avoid “good ideas”: many of them end up in the crusher. That penetrating look ...Read full article...

Eco-Anxiety: Apocalypse is just around the corner

In the new environmental religion, where using plastic and eating beef are high sins, followers turn into self-punishing slaves. Buying a bottle of water is punishable with public shaming, and feeding yourself with animal protein is seen as an environmental outrage. “People need to decrease beef consumption by 60%”, say some ‘experts’, while other more radical ones call for the complete eradication of the meat industry. Although energy consumption ...Read full article...

Abundance degenerates into excess, dissatisfaction causes waste

The powerful flow of chemical science from the nineteenth century spilled into the twentieth century and produced amazing transformations in the lives of humans. The science of computing that emerged in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century had its own disruptive effects in the world, to the point we normalize the talk of having a digital life. A technological expression of this expansive chemical science has been plastics. Its ...Read full article...

Is social network privacy an oxymoron?

By definition, a social network is an internet environment that allows you to create content and share it with other users. Precisely that community character is what makes us venture to create profiles in which we collect our hobbies, interests or even our daily activities. We regularly share and publish photos, comment on information published by other people and interact with them by providing personal information. In this environment, ...Read full article...

Emotions polarize social media users

On Twitter messages that appeal to emotions are more successful in making people lose their minds. A new study shows that not only do we feel more driven to share tweets, but also the words that refer to emotions and morals capture our attention more than neutral ones. The work of psychologists Ana P. Gantman, William J. Brady and Jay Van Bavel shows that the terms that appeal to ...Read full article...

The Dark Ages of Climate Change

Climate Change funds will go to countries and governments that will best keep their populations in abject poverty. With so many important people in favor claiming to carry out actions that help avoid a “great catastrophe,” you would think that if there is one thing behind this call to save ourselves from ourselves, that thing would be science. However, in an exclusive interview, journalist and author Marc Morano explains ...Read full article...