Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns Read More
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy.
We are living in times in which religion is not only prescindible and obsolete, but also harmful. An ethical life can be and is lived without religion. As Hitchens puts it rather eloquently "Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake." Read More
So I read its 495 pages. It has given me the much sought sense of timeline and context and, of course, as with any good book, it has opened leads to pursue and continue my education in the realms of biology, ethics, and policy.
The book provides a historical sequence of events and discoveries in the world of genetics, starting with metaphysic postulates of Pythagoras and Aristotle, moving next to actual experimentation conducted by Gregor Mendel, all the way to the latest technologies of the present day, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and embryonic stem cell research, and their potential to cure grievous illnesses. The Gene does a great job in helping us understand not only where we are today and where we come from, but also where the arrow of the future of life sciences seems to be pointing to.
I took some notes. Here they are. Read More
“I remember once, in a concert, that we began playing Presente and, on the second stanza, people stood up and started clapping. We had never seen anything like that, we didn’t really understand, and we were paralyzed. We were shocked, we had trouble keeping on playing. We were distracted because the audience took part in what they saw, and it wasn’t because they’d heard it on the radio, because they had never heard it before.”
A tip of the hat Ricardo, so many memories, teary eyes, gratitude, love. A song that came to our hearts and stays there forever. Read More
When we leave the room, my boss comes to me and says: “listen to me, yes, we agreed that floating rate is always better for the company, but for your house you should always go fixed."
Thirty minutes before, I had persuaded the big boys in the room to enter into several billion-dollar swap contracts that effectively transformed the company’s fixed rate debt into floating rate instruments, similar to ARMs.
So why then my boss and everyone else in that room had expressed the opposite view in their personal finances? Why the cognitive dissonance? Read More
How was it different than running solo? There were so many people, each running at a different pace. It was disorienting. If it weren’t for my Garmin watch, it would’ve been impossible to know (to feel) whether I was running at a sustainable rhythm. Read More
Check gears before restarting the ride… or run the risk of capsizing in front of a crowd of Harley riders. At least 20 of them, everyone enjoying the view and beverages at The Rock Store. I stopped to take a picture, unclipped, then tried to restart, clip, and make a U-turn at the same time. FAIL. LAUGHTER. Read More
This book is a collection of ideas and reflections on the intersection of economics, culture, and technology. It also provides a framework to process and understand businesses, be them existing and established, or inception-stage ventures. Read More
I lie. I do see these things when I’m not looking for them, and their sighting stress me out. All these items that create clutter but have some trivial and fleeting value and that I keep around long after their expiration date.
What would a wise man do? Refuse them in the first place, accept them and then immediately and coldly throw them away, set an expiration date and discard them once they reach it? Read More
Nerds vastly outnumber artists. Nerds keep gadget companies alive and profitable. Artists move the craft forward. We need both, but also, every nerd should aspire to be an artist.
I’m a Nerd. Yes, I admit it. But one day, I will be an artist.
Oh, and yes, this post is about buying a bicycle. Read More