Time to time

Sometimes is the time to explore the depth of our soul, and not fear the abyss…



The clever role of metrics in Academia

As we all know well, man does not measure up. But in Academia there is this Pytagorean obsession to reduce anything to a number, So, the prevalence of metrics and the pathetic role of education in this world (we are now at the verge of a nuclear role without true leaders). The funny side of this lazyness of reviewers of metrics is that, some animals are more equal than others. For example, in 1975 a cat co-autored an influential physics paper. The genial idea, showing the absurd of the metric system, come from Jack Hetherington and F.D.C. Willard, and the paper was published in Physical Review Letters. Their paper became influential  proposing an inovative view into atomic behavior and has multiple citations.The cat was invited to join the university’s physics department full-time.



Fortunately, intelligent people still pursue their carriers in Academia, and as well their  animal colleagues (doing more contributions than regular human co-authors). See here:

Another funny case…«Immunologist Polly Matzinger, now section head at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,early in her career, she included the name of her Afghan hound, Galadriel Mirkwood, as a coauthor, and the Journal of Experimental Immunology barred Matzinger from its pages for 15 years; “until the editor died,” she says. When the NIH considered Matzinger for tenure, the canine coauthor question reemerged. The directors, she says, could take a joke. “They decided it wasn’t really fraud. It was a real dog [a frequent lab visitor] and they said it had done no less research than some other coauthors had.»

Or another true story: And if a Nobel Prize publish a paper having as co-author his Hamster? No problem. It happened, with Prof. Sir Andre Geim FRS. What is the name of the co-author? Simple. It is H.A.M.S.ter Tisha. (This example shows the meaningless of metrics; According to Geim, the hamster applied to the university of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.) You can download their paper here:


Does Life has a purpose?

This is the most profound and elusive mystery we face every single day. This morning, it emerged inside of me this wish of writing this post, but unfortunately I was obliged to leave my office. Ant then my ordeal began. First I met a long queuing in traffic. Someone was lying dead on the asphalt, crashed by a heavy truck. That unfortunate soul was lying dead just in front of the main door of the local church. Then, I was in a hurry for lunch with someone, and waited for half an hour, blaming her for the lack of respect when she called me from the bed, she was still sleeping and mistaken Tuesday with Thursday. Then, I decided to follow the slow flow of time, rendered. Then I met at the restaurant the judge that judged a friend of mine in court for being driving with excess of alcohol in blood. He, too, was drank… When living the restaurant with my car, I was slowed down by a funeral car transporting someone to his/her final resting place. But I was feeling pressed to write this post, so pressed that I was surprised with my self. “Why do I have this need to write?”. Then, I understood that I have a kind of voice inside of me telling me “Write!”. Is this God, some monotheistic myth, missing my father, lack of capacity to represent the magnificent cosmos, or just a pretension of mine? There is a philosopher that make this Gedankenexperiment: God is not the source of life, because for Him to exist, life had to exist before. So, he didn’t give any purpose to life. He would be just an agent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any pretension to solve any paradox, or give a sense to this weird, marvelous thing which is life, provide you have good health, freedom and some money… Then, when crossing the street a car with teens passed by and they were laughing of me. Tears almost emerged from my eyes but I was not sad. It was just this weird feeling that everything had a meaning, not a purpose. Then, in the radio I start to listen Marvin Gaye, “If this world were mine”. Don’t ask me why. I don’t see the purpose, just the meaning for me, at that right moment. So, why I am writing now, not knowing if any single soul in this universe is reading me, in English!, not even my native language. I don’t know, I just listen this weird voice inside of me: “Write!”

The famous Hamlet monologue by William Shakespeare…

HAMLET: To be, or not to be–that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep–
No more–and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! — Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.


The rat race…or why we are all becoming crazy

It is a matter of pure observation how insane the world is becoming, and how little criticism is seen about this imposed form of life and the associated concept of “happiness” that are diligently crafted in our minds. For a bunch of dollars we sacrifice our lives and the life of others developing all kind of addictions, surviving with the help of pharmaceutical pills, depressed and oppressed, contributing for an increasingly dangerous world, the epitome of a “civilization”. Instead of follow the rhythm of nature and receiving the good it brings to our physical and mental health… and “happiness”. Scientific studies show that connection to nature and active nature behaviours, such as feeding the birds, planting flowers, seeking human contact  helping others, gives back significant increase in people’s physical and mental health. But, of course, that way of life, doesn’t help the increase consumerist society of consuming “things”, nor the possibility of wide control of populations by means of “labor” and “jobs”, terrorism and wars. Not withstanding all the benefice that science and technology brought undeniably to all of us. But sure, it is much easy to gather people in big cities and have the politicians to guide their lost souls to hell.

Retirement age and the fallacy of progress


Weird as it seems, facing the tumultuous panorama out there and the aimless trajectory of our societies only focused in the optimization of finances and consumption of useless stuff, we can’t avoid to ask ourselves if the Nazi ideology surreptitiously is running behind the minds of a lot of leaders worldwide, and their obsession in mind control {Go1}. Mind control can be effectuate by means of holidays resorts, like the infamous Prora that was built between 1936 and 1939 as a Strength Through Joy (Kraft durch Freude or KdF) project {Go2}. Cities are the heaven of politicians (the Praetorian guard of the modern emperors) because in these large human settlements it is easy to control people, to make them servers of the political regime, by means of the designed architecture, mass media, tracking cameras and propaganda (subliminal or not), and formatting their minds to the present ideology which is a society dominated by the fewest big corporations (“The Winner takes all”) {Go3}.

The return of unmerciful political regime in the world during the last decade, shows the truth behind the old writing of the Bible, “there is nothing new under the sun”. And reveals the decline of human capacities to fight enslavement and dehumanizing process.


Prora, the Nazi touristic complex run by a state organization designed to promote the Nazi ideology among the German working classes and unite them to the Führer.

What we witness in our “democratic” societies is a permanent denial of rights. All the attention is directed to the digital revolution and automatization in our societies. Science and technology have come to that extraordinary outcome. However, instead bringing benefices to humanity, as expected by the best scientists and engineers, what we witness is the contrary, the potential enslaving of humanity, the preparation of the increase of the retirement age, an evidence of the retrogress of our civilization, since the idea of progress is exactly the reverse of that goal, is the idea that advances in science, technology and social organization can produce an improvement in the human condition. The most shocking is Monsanto and other ag-biotech companies recruiting academics, and paying them grants and trips to publicly defend the safety of herbicides used on genetically engineered crops {Go4}. Hence, we could expect more scientific progress but science is since a while at the hands of the big corporations that fund millionaire research programs just to “prove” the benefice of whatever product or process that makes trillions to the corporations. The chosen process to promote scientific research by means of “projects” was criticized by Leo Szilard in his first-rate satiric writing “The Voice of the Dolphis” {Go5}.

Clearly we face a political system full of contradictions that each day make human race survival a miracle. The word Democracy is like a straw man in our fields of living, not representing anything real but driven away the promise of a better land {Go6}. Not only work cannot be the same as before due to automatization, contributing to the disappearance of number of professions, but people are loosing their jobs or have very unstable connections to their employers, earning increasingly less in an increasingly rich economy. At the same time, a few number of people , those winning their game in the digital revolution and robotics because they are the owners of the process and possess the tools and working utensils, are becoming unfairly rich. The industrial military complex are increasingly eager to make wars around the globe, inventing, motivating and financing terrorism worldwide, while food industry fund biased “scientific” research to support their trends, the trends of the global corporate profit machine.

In the midst of the carefully designed turmoil we live in, not even great thinkers we have at our defense as it happened in the past, since nowadays what exist is what is seen (or shwon by the media).










The love letter of Karl Marx


Letter to his wife, Johanna Bertha Julie Jenny von Westphalen (February 12, 1814 – December 2, 1881). They became engaged in 1836 and married in 1843. They had seven children.

Manchester, June 21, 1865

My heart’s beloved:

I am writing you again, because I am alone and because it troubles me always to have a dialogue with you in my head, without your knowing anything about it or hearing it or being able to answer…

Momentary absence is good, for in constant presence things seem too much alike to be differentiated. Proximity dwarfs even towers, while the petty and the commonplace, at close view, grow too big. Small habits, which may physically irritate and take on emotional form, disappear when the immediate object is removed from the eye. Great passions, which through proximity assume the form of petty routine,grow and again take on their natural dimension on account of the magic of distance. So it is with my love. You have only to be snatched away from me even in a mere dream, and I know immediately that the time has only served, as do sun and rain for plants, for growth.

The moment you are absent, my love for you shows itself to be what it is, a giant, in which are crowded together all the energy of my spirit and all the character of my heart. It makes me feel like a man again, because I feel a great passion; and the multifariousness, in which study and modern education entangle us, and the skepticism which necessarily makes us find fault with all subjective and objective impressions, all of these are entirely designed to make us all small and weak and whining. But love – not love for the Feuerbach-type of man, not for the metabolism, not for the proletariat – but the love for the beloved and particularly for you, makes a man again a man…

There are many females in the world, and some among them are beautiful. But where could I find again a face, whose every feature, even every wrinkle, is a reminder of the greatest and sweetest memories of my life? Even my endless pains, my irreplaceable losses I read in your sweet countenance, and I kiss away the pain when I kiss your sweet face…

Good-bye, my sweet heart. I kiss you and the children many thousand times.

Yours, Karl

The magnificent way out

sunsetI was raised in Africa, and those who knows me well recognize in me the craziness of the character of someone well acquainted with the savanna, the loneliness, the dryness, the wild life, the red sunsets, the ochre soil, the infinite ocean that suddenly appears after a long walk inside the country. The propensity to love infinitely. The eagerness to find the absolute. Living in Europe, I always find myself confronted with the need to be a god, someone without flows, someone without dreams or a selfish wish to dictate my own destiny. I ate the cloudiness o the civilized state, always prone to destroy you just to put their seed inside your brain. For example, when I was a young boy, I loved science since everywhere we could find an explanation of the mechanism of clouds formation, why radio waves reflected on the F2 layer of the ionosphere, how submarines, airplanes, locomotives work, how you could build a radio to communicate with aliens imprisoned inside the caves of the CIA. Now, what we see is selling mobiles, applications, faster computers, and quantum entanglement, although nobody really understands how stuff works. When we talk about politics we realize that our economic destiny is at the hands of people not prepared to the liberation day. In my time, we were inspired by the French old music, by the English Encyclopedias, by the Portuguese dream of a peaceful, wonderful Masonic Empire. So, I decided to leave all my previous life as an old chapter of my life and leave to Zanzibar. I found three beautiful black women ready to accept a white man as their husband and with all what is necessary to feed them and possible kids to born. I will live at the center of the three huts where my wives (beautiful or not) will sleep and retire after the typical activities taken during the sunny african day time while I will sleep below a relatively thin but tall tree. During the day I will visit the small villages along my way, talk to people as all of them were old friends (I was raised by them when I was a child), behave like an old European shaman, a crazy man listening the old French music and write, write as in my old days other unknown people tried to decipher the mystery of life. What else am I missing?


The number Pi in the Bible

The number Pi in the Bible appears as the number 3, and some justify the, so to say, lack of mathematical knowledge by the representatives of God on Earth, stating that the Bible is not a science book. It represents The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Its importance is immense since every measure of space implies its existence and accurate knowledge, and it appears too, recurrently, in trigonometry, it is related to the Neperian number and imaginary numbers (exp(i Pi)+1=0), and mathematics of probability.

This number appears in the Book of the Kings.

1 Kings 7:23 King James

«And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.»


According to Ref.[1], the historical record of the computation of number Pi from 2000 BC to now has the following order:

Babylonians                 2000? BCE           1   3.125  = 3 + 1/8
Egyptians                   2000? BCE           1   3.16045 
China                       1200? BCE           1   3 
Bible (1 Kings 7:23)         550? BCE           1   3  
Archimedes                   250? BCE           3   3.1418 (ave.)  
Hon Han Shu                  130 AD             1   3.1622  = sqrt(10) ?  
Ptolemy                      150                3   3.14166  
Chung Hing                   250?               1   3.16227 = sqrt(10)  
Wang Fau                     250?               1   3.15555  = 142/45 
Liu Hui                      263                5   3.14159  
Siddhanta                    380                3   3.1416  
Tsu Ch'ung Chi               480?               7   3.1415926  
Aryabhata                    499                4   3.14156  
Brahmagupta                  640?               1   3.162277 = sqrt(10)  
Al-Khowarizmi                800                4   3.1416  
Fibonacci                   1220                3   3.141818  
Otho                        1573                6   3.1415929  
Viete                       1593                9   3.1415926536 (ave.)  
De Lagny                    1719              127   (112 correct)  
Rutherford                  1824              208   (152 correct)  
Shanks                      1874              707   (527 correct)  

[1] http://www.csun.edu/~hbund408/math%20history/math.htm

A scientific explanation of astrology?…

Astronomy is a scientific discipline that comes from astrology but later on, the scientific branch, consolidated and with quantified theories, never accepted any legitimacy to astrology. More recently, English astronomer, Dr. Percy Seymour, Director of the William Day Planetarium and principal lecturer in astronomy at the University of Plymouth, authored an interesting book Halley’s Comet, The Scientific Basis of Astrology, Astrology: The Evidence of Science, The Paranormal: Beyond Sensory Science, and Adventures in Astronomy, a hands-on approach to building simple astrolabes, star clocks, and sundials. He is an expert in cosmic magnetism and sustains that a mathematical theory that shows magnetism is on the basis of the influence on the developing fetus and hence dictates the astrologic influence on a personal destiny. He based his work on the French mathematician and Statistician Michel Gauquelin who had demonstrated the influence of planets such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, on human behavior, the so-called Mars effect [1].



[1] http://www.theoryofastrology.com/gauquelin/mars_effect.pdf