climate scientist / data analyst / developer

Fernando

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 not of a Brazilian.   This was the first time anyone had established the humanist viewpoint as the starting point for my response. In fact, as a Brazilian I would have responded simply against internationalization of the Amazon Region.

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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 is not reliable. What you should believe, and what should you not believe.   And when you have people who don’t know much about science standing in denial of it and rising to power, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.

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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. — William of Ockham (Ockham’s Razor)   Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. — Albert Einstein   The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

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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 forced into a mechanical life, to live like robots. They will assert themselves — they will assert their individuality. They will have the fragrance of rebellion around them; they will want to live in freedom.

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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 of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were so much more exposed to the overpowering forces of nature than we are today, should have personified these forces in fear and trembling.

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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. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.” “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

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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, regardless of how excellent and illustrious he is… it is grossly unfair to fold one’s own feeling to a submissive reverence toward another; it is worthy of mercenaries or slaves and contrary to the dignity of human freedom to suppress oneself and to be submissive; it is supreme stupidity to believe by inveterate custom; it is an irrational thing to conform with an opinion because of the number of those who have it… it has to be sought, instead, always a reason, true and necessary… and listen to the voice of nature.

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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 unrelated, I believe they both stem from the same mindset.   Here’s how.   Copyright stems from a protective mindset, one that believes the creator owns his work, and must protect that ownership in order to profit from said work.

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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 ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren’t special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity.

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What is happines?

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path — Gautama Buddha, around 500 BC   Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness — Bertrand Russell, early 1800s   Happiness is the feeling that power increases – that resistance is being overcome — Friedrich Nietzsche, late-19th century   The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less

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