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 Assunto da Mensagem: The need to replace outdated corrupted symbols
 Mensagem Enviado: Quarta Fev 07, 2018 3:42 pm 
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-smuggling-duterte/porsche-pummeled-corvettes-crushed-as-philippines-duterte-shows-hes-tough-on-tax-dodging-idUSKBN1FQ1IQ

The unspeakable lunatic President of Philippines just did it again. However, and strange as maybe what he did has an important symbolic value. The iconic images in the link above show the destruction of symbols of the past century. Symbols that not only embody the "confortable lifestyles" that Martin Desvaux (mentioned in the email below) spoke about but that also are related to economic inequality and even corruption. Those symbols are especially harmful because speed disconnects us from Nature. A Colleague once wrote: "We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well—for we will not fight to save what we do not love". But what he should have wrote is that bond is needed not only in order to save the environment but it is also needed so we may feel complete as we are part of the biosphere. This also show us that in the 21st century Academia need to promote a narrative with new symbols. Corruption free symbols, associated with less economic inequality and with much higher connection with Nature.


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de Janeiro de 2018 20:10
Assunto: How many people can live on Earth?

10 years ago the physicist Martin Desvaux deliver a talk to the Royal Society of Statisticians that he later turn into a paper published in "Significance", a journal of the Royal Statistical Society. The title of the paper is "The sustainability of human populations: How many people can live on Earth?" in the end of it we wrote:
“It is not sufficient to try to apply technology to solve the, affluence term in the Commoner-Ehrlich equation. Humans will not willingly sacrifice much of their comfortable lifestyles for the greater good (especially for people in other countries) unless it is taken from them...”

Although very pessimistic this narrative has many advantages, the more important concerns the fact that it points the finger to everyone of us. And only in the moment that we were able to realize that technology will not bring miracle solutions that´s the moment that each one has to do is own part to solve this paramount problem. Higher education has a strong responsability on this context not only by teaching about self-responsability but also about the ethical importance of moderate consumption patterns. Of course Governments in Western countries have also major responsabilities in sending the rigth signals to certain industries. And they should already been after the auto racing industry the same way that they do with the tobacco industry. Not so much because of their associated emissions but mostly because it is an unwarrantable industry that embodies the "confortable lifestyles" and all the wrong values that Western countries live by.


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