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Making mistakes is human and learning from mistakes, too

Allowing children to make mistakes builds their autonomy, increases their tolerance for frustration, and teaches them how to manage their emotions appropriately. Making mistakes is a natural part of any learning process, and it is key to the development of personality in childhood and adolescence. Few adults have doubts about it, and yet many parents try at all costs to prevent their children from falling into error and consequent ...Read full article...

A outra ameaça do Coronavírus

Governos respondem à propagação da doença com pulso de ferro e iniciativas ameaçadoras. Tudo aconteceu rapidamente, apenas 10 dias que transformaram o mundo que conhecemos. Os governos obcecados com redução de dívidas anunciam uma ajuda multimilionária para impedir o fechamento de empresas e o abandono de trabalhadores. Ao mesmo tempo, aprovam limitações às liberdades sem o consentimento dos cidadãos. Na Costa Rica, a congressista Carmen Chan pediu que se ...Read full article...

Financial markets still under Coronavirus panic

The West has mobilized in just over a week the largest amount of resources that is remembered in peacetime. Governments, multilateral organizations and central banks have removed their heavy artillery. However, financial markets are still in panic mode. Why? Because investors only have eyes for medical advances in the fight against the coronavirus, trying to gauge the magnitude of the economic damage. At this stage, rescue packages are necessary ...Read full article...

The other danger of the Coronavirus

Governments respond to the spread of the disease with an iron fist and threatening initiatives. Everything has happened quickly, just 10 days that have transformed the world as we know it. Governments obsessed with debt reduction announce multimillion-dollar aid to prevent the closure of companies and the abandonment of workers. At the same time, they approve limitations on freedoms witout the consent of the citizens. In Costa Rica, congresswoman ...Read full article...

The children of the future: Strong minds, warm hearts

Educate in empathy to reduce violence and increase happiness is the key to having a stronger society. The brain areas that regulate empathy overlap in part with those of violence, so activation of these brain circuits in one direction, for example, in empathy, could act biologically as an inhibitor of the other. Violence and empathy, therefore, would be related but incompatible concepts, so the more empathetic someone is, the ...Read full article...

‘Deprogram’ yourself to repair what makes you suffer

Neuroscience is unveiling secretive brain tricks, but it is also spreading some ideas that cause confusion. For example, Eric Kandel, Nobel Prize in Medicine, has claimed that “the brain builds our sensory experience, our thoughts and emotions, and it controls our actions”. It is easy to interpret this type of statement in a way that we relegate the human being to a species of a biological robot, without being ...Read full article...

Coronavírus: O Papel da Imprensa

Em qualquer sociedade livre, o papel da imprensa é informar, não dizer às pessoas como pensar. No entanto, por décadas, a mídia encontrou uma mina de ouro na criação de polêmica na televisão e no rádio e decidiram criar talk shows onde jornalistas e supostos especialistas opinam – não informam – sobre as notícias do dia. Paralelamente à descoberta de talk shows como uma mina de ouro para atrair ...Read full article...

Coronavirus: The role of the press

In any free society, the press’ role is to inform, not to tell people what to think. However, for decades, media companies found a gold mine in creating polemic on television and radio and decided to create talk shows where journalists and so-called experts opine – not inform – about the news of the day. Parallel to finding talk shows as a gold mine to attract viewers, the press ...Read full article...

This is what you need to have in your pantry during emergencies

Given the current state of affairs related to coronavirus, there are indications that show people beginning to purchase basic food to prepare for the worst. Most people show mistrust or uncertainty about the food industry. Consumption seems to be growing to the detriment of restaurants and in favour of non-perishable or more durable products, like pasta, oil, cookies, rice, preserves and frozen foods. Concern about the increase of people ...Read full article...

Coronavírus: O que está por trás do isolamento em massa?

Os cientistas estavam preocupados há um mês com o problema do coronavírus. Eles sabiam que a China havia conseguido controlar, de alguma forma, as infecções, em particular a cidade de Wuhan, com 11 milhões de habitantes, devido à decisão de isolar toda a cidade do resto do país. Mas, tais medidas seriam possíveis nas democracias ocidentais? A resposta é sim, mas todas as outras nações falharam ao não fazê-la. ...Read full article...

Coronavirus: The true purpose of mass isolation

Scientists had been concerned for a month with a fundamental coronavirus issue. They knew that China had managed to somehow control infections, in particular the city of Wuhan, with 11 million inhabitants, because of the decision to isolate the whole city from the rest of the country. But would such measures be possible in Western democracies? The answer is yes, but all other nations failed to do it. What ...Read full article...

A solução para acabar com o ódio: discordar e debater honestamente

Há pouca disposição para discutir idéias honestamente. Ao ouvir isso de um comentarista político e dos cidadãos cada vez mais hiperbólicos da World Wide Web, alguém seria perdoado por pensar que a sociedade do século XXI abriga uma população consumida por sentimentos de profundo ódio. Onde quer que se vá, a acusação é nivelada. Praticamente nenhuma opinião é imune ao epíteto “odioso”. Os que odeiam,  odiarão, Taylor Swift canta ...Read full article...

Diagnóstico e Medicação Excessivos ameaçam a vida das crianças

Autismo, transtorno de déficit de atenção, ansiedade. Um diagnóstico precipitado e uma conclusão definitiva para uma criança em crescimento com um comportamento “estranho” podem levar um menino ou uma menina a serem rotulados sob uma categoria que, certamente, os acompanhará por toda a vida, com conseqüências tanto individuais quanto sociais. Alguns profissionais de saúde querem emitir um alerta sobre esse modelo operacional. Esses profissionais incluem psicólogos, psiquiatras, pediatras, professores, ...Read full article...

Seguro de Salud Universal no es universal

La cobertura de salud universal se define como el garantizar que todas las personas tengan acceso a los servicios de salud necesarios, incluida la prevención, promoción, tratamiento, rehabilitación y paliación, con atención de calidad suficiente para ser efectivos y al mismo tiempo garantizar que el uso de estos servicios no exponga al usuario a las dificultades financieras. La definición de la OMS describe el resultado ideal para un sistema ...Read full article...

La solución para terminar con el odio: Discordar y debatir honestamente

Hay muy poca disposición para debatir ideas honestamente. Al escucharlo del comentarista político y de los ciudadanos cada vez más hiperbólicos de la World Wide Web, uno sería perdonado por pensar que la sociedad del siglo XXI es el hogar de una población consumida por sentimientos de odio profundo. Dondequiera que uno vaya, la acusación se nivela. Prácticamente ninguna opinión es inmune al epíteto “odioso”. Los que odian odiarán, ...Read full article...