Fernando S. Paolo

Seven signs of non-competitive states

Traditional indicators of noncompetitive performance still apply: corruption (the most seductive activity humans can consummate while clothed); the absence of sound, equitably enforced laws; civil str...

The Internationalization of Amazonia

During a recent discussion, in the United States, someone asked my opinion regarding the internationalization of the Amazon Region. The youngster asserted that he expected a response of a humanist and...

The danger of science denial

[…] in this, the 21st century, when it comes time to make decisions about science, it seems to me people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not. What is reliable and what i...

The essence of simplicity

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. — Antoine de saint-exupéry Plurality should not be assumed without necessity. — ...

The investment of societies

No society wants you to become wise: it is against the investment of all societies. If people are wise, they cannot be exploited. If they are intelligent, they cannot be subjugated, they cannot be for...

The purpose of religion

I cannot understand why we idle discussing religion. If we are honest - and scientists have to be - we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea...

The regrets of the dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog. “W...

The search for reason

[Giordano Bruno] Remains therefore committed to a fierce struggle until the end against ignorance, prejudice, intolerance and dogma. It should never stand as argument the authority of any man, regard...

The uncopyright mindset

As some might know, I’m not a fan of copyright. In fact, I’ve uncopyrighted this blog and my other blog, Zen Habits. And while uncopyright and minimalism might seem at first glance to be u...

The zen of Python

Long time Pythoneer Tim Peters succinctly channels the BDFL’s guiding principles for Python’s design into 20 aphorisms, only 19 of which have been written down. Beautiful is better than u...