Quote of the week

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. – Sir Isaac Newton 


Est-ce que je suis Charlie?

7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

7 january 2015. 11:00h CET. Two terrorists kill twelve periodists and wound eleven who had made several caricatures of prophet Muhammad.

I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this sentence to believe it. To believe that, NOW, in 2015, 21st century,  there are people who still kill those who don’t think like them. If you really try to understand what it means, you probably would realize it just makes no sense.

How to solve the terrorism issue

  1. We must analyze the causes of this attack, and what it is more important, I think we must fight peacefully to search a tolerant and respectful solution to this HUGE problem.
  2. We must not mix concepts. Islam is not terrorism. And terrorism, is not Islam. Even I don’t know what the Quran says, I am sure there is more than one way to remain peaceful.
  3. We have to stregthen the bond between societies.
  4. We have to talk. We must fix our society flaws before trying to solve international-scale issues.
  5. We must keep talking. When all the societies affected by the terrorism are more solid, more defined than now, we must reach an agreement.
  6. We must be empaths. Our point of view is not objective, and neither is anyone.
  7. We have to collaborate. Two (or more) societies are stronger and more efficient than just one.
  8. We have to believe on what we do.  As Steve Jobs said: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
  9. We have to know what we want. This is not a religion issue, it is a violence issue.
  10. We must be active.

Why do I say that we must be active? It is true that we have the conscience of the impact of this issue. It is true that we are doing something to fight it. But it is not effective since there are still active terrorists. Using hashtags, doing minutes of silence, spreading photos and slogans… It is a very generous gesture, certainly, but being pragmatic: does doing that solve the problem? I don’t think so. Who remembers now of Boko Haram and #bringbackourgirls and who knows anything new about it?


This graph shows the results at Google of the hashtag #Bringbackourgirls. Created with good intention, no doubt about it, but did we do everything we could to solve it? Maybe we just followed a trend. (For those who are interested in the issue, take a look at bit.ly/1I3rNVg ). The pinnacle of the scope of the hashtag was reached on may 2014, and just one month later the results decreased from the 100% to just the 7%…

Ice Bucket Challenge

Those are the search results for Ice Bucket Challenge. We can see it follows the same pattern as the hashtag #Bringbackourgirls. The top was reached at august 2014 and just a month later, the results decreased about a 85%…

Is this what we want to happen? Is that the way to solve a problem? Personally, I don’t think so. I don’t want to spread this image and send some tweets ended with #JeSuisCharlie.

Je Suis Charlie

I just want to end with the violence, the intolerance and the injustice. There are lots of people killed daily by fanatic terrorists. There are lots of boys and girls being raped every day. There are lots of people that die because of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other diseases. Do you really think that just tweeting or posting or spreading, the problem is solved? Again, I don’t think so.

Donc, est-ce que je suis Charlie? (So, am I Charlie?). Yes. I am Charlie. And I am really concerned, and enraged about what happened in Paris. But I am not just Charlie. I am not only concerned about Charlie Hebdo. I am Charlie, and I am all the victims of terrorism as well. Because the problem doesn’t stay only in Paris. Let’s solve it once, and for all.

New Project!

Yes. Another. Taking a look at the list of WordPress Recommended Blogs I found one called The Daily PostI clicked on the link just for curiosity, and I discovered one of the MOOCs that I think it’s going to help me to drive my blog towards success

It is not an ultra-complex project, in fact it is just a bloggers community being advised with a few tips and instructions on blog-managing. That’s why I have added the tag #blogging101 to my taglist and this is why I will maybe restructurate a bit the post scheduling.

If you are interested on this MOOC just click the badge (which, by the way, I am very proud to own) and well just… Start writing!
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The art of multidisciplinarity

The first post I wrote on a serious blog (I mean, a blog with a certain audience and periodic publications) was named Oyendo el color, viendo la música…spanish for Hearing the Colours, seeing the music… (you can click on both titles to read it in spanish or wait a bit for the english translation I will publish on this blog). This post was published on Seeds & Sprouts, the blog of a startup/educative project called MindingMinds which I founded with a friends of mine about a year ago.


For further information, you can visit my Projects Page on this blog by clicking HERE.

In that post I explained the synesthesia phenomenon, in which the synesthete, due to an additional brain connection mix two stimuli that come from different stimulus receivers. That is mixing for instance the hearing and the sight, or the haptic perception with the smell. But, what does that mean? That means associating musical tunes with colours, phisic textures with flavours or scents. Wassily Kandinsky, for example, based the visual structure of its paintings in mellodies. Alexander Scriabin, one of the best composers in the history of music, wrote his masterpieces basing the musical structure on sensorial perception.


However, I am not going to talk about synesthesia in this post. I want to talk about what makes me know the synesthesia phenomenon, what makes me know the existence of Alexander Scriabine or what makes me participate in projects such MindingMinds. I want to talk about what gives the title to this post: multidisciplinarity.

As the centuries have passed, man has been concerned toenlarge -almost compulsively- the Castle of Knowledge that has forgotten its origins, the foundation on which is building its megalithic construction.

This is an extract of the article I wrote. The most important goal of Hearing the Colours, seeing the music was not to explain extensively or scientifically the concept of synesthesia. The main aim was to remark the divergence knowledge-acquirement was adopting as developing path. Knowledge, science and art, is a same, unique thing. It deppends on who is sailing through it, but it has a subtle connection that time has blurred.

This subtle connection was well-known by ancient greeks, for instance. Knowledge is the way (doesn’t matter if its more subjective or objective) to answer the three Philosophical Questions: Who we are, where do we come from and where do we go. Poets, writers, musicians and artists are those in charge of capture the emotional restlessness that causes the existencial doubt. Philosophers are those who try to answer to this questions by a subjective way. And scientists are those in charge of answering them on a more objective and empirical way.

Minerva, Godess of intelligence

What I am trying to say is that knowledge is always connected. The different branches of it have a common origin. However, thirsty for results and answers, we have cut the connection between different disciplines. We have reached a level of specialization that makes us lose the general perspective of Knowledge, that makes us forget about the three main questions that we are trying to answer.


We have reached a point in which the different areas of knowledge have become completely extraneous one to each other. And, returning to synesthesia, the same goes for our sensorial perception: when we see something, we are so busy focusing on what we see, we neglect so cruelly other senses, we do not give them the chance to give us an answer to a stimulus that, although all the sensorial receivers capture it, we as a conscience, ignore it. Is this the way we want to take? ¿Do we have to dehumanize knowledge to reach infinity (or several infinities) or to turn back and realize common metaphysical origin that has everything we have built since man is able to reason?

¿Do we have to dehumanize knowledge to reach infinity (or several infinities) or to turn back and realize common metaphysical origin that has everything we have built since man is able to reason?

This is why I am looking forward the recovery of the connection between the different knowledge areas. This is why where I see a need, I start a new project. This is why I try to be fully conscious of our ignorance level and this is why I try to discover new paths to decrease our blindness. Welcome to my blog.

Hello there, I am Pol. This is the first “free” post of my blog. I have scheduled a bit what I am going to publish: on tuesday I am going to publish the Quote of the week, to spread a bit of wisdom! On thursday I am going to publish the TEDtalk of the week, before saying something you have to learn from others… On friday I am going to publish the Free Post, a weekly article in which I am going to talk a bit about what I founded more interesting during the transcurse of the week. And on sunday I am going to publish (alongside Seeds & Sprouts) my weekly post on MindingMinds




Los avestruces no esconden la cabeza (Parte III)

Originally posted on: bit.ly/1wOcmYw

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who doApple Inc. ad campaign Esto es para los locos. Los inadaptados, los rebeldes, los problemáticos, los alborotadores. Las clavijas redondas en agujeros cuadrados. Ellos no tienen apego a las reglas. Tampoco tienen respeto por el “status quo”. Puedes citarlos, discrepar de ellos, ensalzarlos o vilipendiarlos. Pero la única cosa que no puedes hacer es ignorarlos… Porque ellos cambian las cosas. Ellos empujan hacia adelante la raza humana y, aunque algunos puedan verlos como locos, nosotros vemos genios. Porque las personas que están lo bastante locas como para creer que pueden cambiar el mundo, son las que lo hacenCampaña publicitaria de Apple Inc. 

Cuando  decidimos crear el blog y recayó sobre mí la responsabilidad de escribir periódicamente (tengo que decir que he intentado ser lo más fiel al calendario posible aunque no siempre lo he conseguido), enseguida me vino a la cabeza que, ya que mis publicaciones tenían que ser regulares, el contenido de mis posts podía ser, si no regular, más o menos coherente. Seguir un hilo argumental. Así es como empecé la serie (Los avestruces no esconden la cabeza). Y, mirando atrás, me doy cuenta de que la única similitud entre la Parte I y la Parte II es el título. Y también observé que el título y el contenido no establecían ningún tipo de relación (apreciable a simple vista, al menos). En fin, a pesar de todo lo dicho, lo cierto es que (más o menos) seguí el esquema mental que me propuse el día en que escribí la primera letra de Los Avestruces no esconden la cabeza, parte ILo que el esquema decía, traduciéndolo del lenguaje de mi mente al castellano racional, era que los posts de la serie expondrían, del modo más sintético (pero sincero) posible, mi opinión sobre el actual sistema educativo y sobre como éste trata el talento y la obedienciaY también decía que en el último post de la serie, explicaría (bueno, intentaría explicar) el porqué del título. Empieza el 2015, cerramos año y empezamos etapa. Y un buen amigo me pregunta qué significa Los avestruces no esconden la cabeza. Y es cuando me doy cuenta de que no hay mejor momento que ahora para cerrar la serie y comenzar con una nueva.

“Cuando un avestruz se encuentra en peligro porque un depredador lo está amenazando, éste esconde la cabeza bajo tierra como mecanismo primitivo de defensa, ya que el ave cree que si él no ve al depredador, el depredador no lo ve a él.” Esto no es más que una afirmación falsa.

Así es como empecé. Lo que quería decir con esto es que, como dijo el tristemente famoso J. Goebbels: una mentira repetida mil veces se convierte en verdad. La imagen del avestruz escondiendo la cabeza es el icono, el sello identificador del animal (bueno… si te parece tan raro como a mí ahora, te gustará saber que tenía muy reciente una película de los Hermanos Marx donde aparecía un avestruz escondiendo la cabeza). Y del mismo modo que se identifica al avestruz con una mentira, creo que al talento y a la creatividad le pasa lo mismo. Vivimos en la sociedad de la información, donde, usando los medios adecuados, la propagación de buenas ideas y buenos proyectos es muy fácil. Lo que pasa es que no creo que ese talento y esa creatividad se potencien correctamente. De hecho, ni correcta ni incorrectamente, no se potencia directamente. Y esta falta de motivación, esta manera de ignorar la capacidad creadora del estudiante y del individuo en general hace que la confianza hacia uno mismo y sus ideales, la innovación, la iniciativa y un sinfín de cualidades se pierdan. Creo que no somos conscientes del poder de cambio que tenemos. Del mismo modo que con el avestruz, la imagen que tenemos de nosotros mismos como miembros de la sociedad es errónea. Debido a la gran masificación de nuestro sistema, la gente tiende a crearse un concepto de sí-mismo como un ser pasivo, una insignificante célula más de un gran organismo. Y en cierto modo, somos una célula en un gran organismo. Pero esta en nuestras manos si el adjetivo insignificante se adecua con nuestra definición o no. Podemos seguir la corriente o luchar para mejorar el funcionamiento de lo que nos condiciona. Y luchar no significa quejarse, ni negarse. Significa colaborar y cooperar en pos de una optimización positiva. Y supongo que, de este espíritu nació MindingMinds, un proyecto de muchos que hacen que la gente se de cuenta de que los avestruces no esconden la cabeza.

Pol R. Vouillamoz

P.S.: Tengo que decir varias cosas antes de acabar. La primera es que este post ha sido influenciado por una banda sonora realmente impresionante de un artista cuyo nombre desconozco. De todos modos me parece feo no mencionarlo, así que aquí os dejo el link del vídeo: hope.ly/1tA9jDt . La segunda es que en nuestra página de Facebook (click aquí) M. L. Toral inició una conversación sobre mi segundo post. Vimos que es un debate interesante, así que propongo de continuarlo en los comentarios de este post (estamos trabajando en un futuro foro…). La tercera es que si alguien quiere contactarme con privacidad, puede hacerlo enviándome un mensaje aquí (pol.rv@mindingminds.org)