18/05/2012

Ali’s recipe for life

Muhammad Ali is a former and African American boxer, three-time world champion heavyweight, but he is much more than that.

First and foremost is a fighter —against other boxers, against the heritage of ancestors who enslaved his people (born Cassius Clay, changed his name for that reason), against the US government by refusing to go to the Vietnam War or against his final Alzheimer— and an exceptionally brave and consistent figure that has influenced society as few characters of the twentieth century. Thanks to him, among others, many Americans of African descent learned to relate better to their origins.

Famous also for its ingenious humorous sentences, some even see him as a forerunner of rap. In this video, answering an interviewer’s question, explains his recipe for life:

—4 cups of love
—1 table spoon of patience
—1 tea spoon of generosity
—1 pint of kindness
—1 quarter of laugh to
—1 pinch of concern
Mix all with purpose, happiness and lots of faith, then stir it up and spreading it during a lifetime.

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La mayoría de los estudios realizados hasta la fecha aseguran que, para poder hablar de genialidad, además de estudio, trabajo y tesón, hace falta además algo innato. Concluiríamos, entonces, que los grandes nacen y se hacen, aunque la proporción de lo uno y lo otro se desequilibra hacia lo segundo. El documental Mi gran cerebro, producido por National Geographic, en el que colabora el norteamericano Arthur Toga, profesor del Departamento de Neurología en la Universidad de California, apunta en esa dirección. Pero hay algunas voces que discrepan. El escritor, periodista y cineasta David Shenk, en su libro El genio que todos llevamos dentro, se enfrenta a este determinismo imperante y niega que exista eso que llamamos talento innato. Shenk trata de probar que los estímulos del medio o nuestros propios nervios son capaces de activar o desactivar la influencia de los genes. De ahí que nuestro talento esté definido por la manera en la que utilizamos la herencia que hemos recibido, más la interacción con el mundo que nos rodea. No podemos explicar por qué un niño de tres años es capaz de tocar una melodía de Beethoven, pero sí entendemos que una joven que no nació con un cerebro privilegiado puede convertirse en maestra de ajedrez a base de una educación excepcional, disciplina y entrenamiento. De eso se trata: de potenciar y conseguir lo que está en nuestras manos, lo que depende de nosotros. Eso exige dedicación y cierto sacrificio. Sólo hace falta que estemos dispuestos a ello.This is one of the important questions that human beings have been thinking about since the begging of time. Who knows for what purpose, perhaps that of turning us all into potential geniuses. Would that be possible? Talking about the issue, one always thinks of Mozart, Einstein, Picasso and lately Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. How are we going to compare to them? It seems impossible. And that is due, in part, to the many scientific researchs that have been carried out on the issue. Yes, it seems that with proper education, and in a favorable environment, everyone can develop incredible skills. But, can we talk about genius? Most of the studies say that in order to speak about genius, something innate is needed in addition to study, work and determination. We will conclude then that the great are born and made even though the proportion of one and other it is majorly unbalanced to second. The documentary My big brain, produced by National Geographic, and in which the American Arthur Toga, Professor of Neurology at the University of California, collaborates, points in that direction. However, there are some voices, which disagree with this opinions. In his book The genius in everyone, the writer, journalist and filmmaker David Shenk faces this prevailing determinism and denies what we call innate talent. 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El presente vídeo es un fragmento del debate en el que se confrontaron dos gigantes con ideas y líneas filosóficas contrapuestas, que fue grabado en la Universidad de Ámsterdam en 1971 y retransmitido por la televisión holandesa. Noam Chomsky —filósofo, lingüista, activista político y el intelectual más citado de los últimos tiempos— representando el Racionalismo y Michael Foucault, máximo representante de la filosofía posmoderna y de la French Theory —Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, etc—, de gran impacto durante aquellos años y también uno de los intelectuales más citados a nivel contemporáneo. El debate trata acerca de la idea de naturaleza humana, y se tituló 'La naturaleza humana: justicia vs poder', a partir del cual se escribió el libro con el mismo nombre, donde se transcribió todo lo dicho en aquel debate por estas dos relevantes figuras del pensamiento. Este debate sigue siendo una buena herramienta para comprender ambos posicionamientos filosóficos, que conllevan dos visiones del mundo, del pensamiento y de la comprensión de este, y que aún hoy se siguen discutiendo en las universidades y ambientes académicos de todo el mundo.In the early 70s the International Philosophers Project, led by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders, was developed through a series of debates among the great figures of thought of those decades. This video is a fragment of the discussion between two giants, opposing ideas and philosophical lines were compared, was recorded at the University of Amsterdam in 1971 and broadcast on Dutch television. Noam Chomsky —philosopher, linguist, political activist and intellectual most cited recent times— representing Rationalism and Michael Foucault, representative of the post-modern philosophy and French Theory —Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard and others—, with high impact during those years and also one of the most cited contemporary intellectual level. The debate was about the idea of human nature, and was titled 'Human nature: Justice vs Power', the book of the same name, transcribed and everything said in that debate by these two leading figures of thought .This debate continues been a good tool to understand even today these two philosophical positions, which carry two world views, thought and understanding this, and even today is still arguing in universities and academic environments around the world." 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Fue sometido a resonancias magnéticas nucleares y conectado a 256 sensores para detectar su nivel de estrés, irritabilidad, enfado, placer, satisfacción y multitud de sensaciones diferentes, y los resultados fueron comparados con los obtenidos en cientos de voluntarios cuya felicidad fue clasificada en niveles que iban del +0.3 —muy infeliz— a –0.3 —muy feliz—. Matthieu logró –0.45, desbordando los límites previstos en el estudio, superando todos los registros anteriores y ganándose un título que él mismo no termina de aceptar. Prefiere limitarse a resaltar que efectivamente la cantidad de 'emociones positivas' que produce su cerebro está 'muy lejos de los parámetros normales'. Matthieu es un monje budista que reside en el monasterio Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling, en Nepal. Nació en París en 1946 y es hijo de Jean-François Revel, un filósofo francés de renombre, por lo que creció rodeado de la élite intelectual francesa. Doctorado en genética molecular en el Instituto Pasteur, tras terminar su tesis doctoral en 1972 decidió abandonar la carrera científica y concentrarse en la práctica del budismo tibetano. Vivió en el Himalaya y fue discípulo de Kangyur Rinpoche, maestro de una ancestral escuela budista de la tradición Nyingma. Después se convirtió en discípulo cercano de Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche hasta su muerte en 1991, y desde entonces es asesor personal del decimocuarto Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. En esta entrevista, realizada en el canal Vision, explica cómo la felicidad es algo que puede conseguirse a través del aprendizaje y el entrenamiento, igual que leer, escribir, andar en bicicleta o tocar música de Mozart.After years of study of his brain in the affective neuroscience laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, USA, in April 2007 Matthieu Ricard was considered as 'the happiest man in the world'. He was subjected to nuclear magnetic resonance and connected to 256 sensors to detect his stress, irritability, anger, pleasure, satisfaction and many different sensations, and the results were compared with those obtained from hundreds of volunteers whose happiness was classified at levels ranged from 0.3 (very unhappy) to -0.3 (very happy). Matthieu managed to -0.45, overflowing the limits provided in the study, surpassing all previous records and earning a title that he does not accept. He prefers to highlight that effectively the amount of 'positive emotions' that produces his brain is 'far from normal parameters'. Matthieu is a Buddhist monk who resides in the Dargyeling Tennyi Shechen monastery in Nepal. He was born in Paris in 1946 and is the son of Jean-François Revel, a French philosopher of renown, so he grew up surrounded by the French intellectual elite. PhD in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute, after completing his doctoral thesis in 1972 decided to abandon the scientific career and concentrate on the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. He lived in the Himalayas and was a disciple of Kangyur Rinpoche, master of an ancient Buddhist school of the Nyingma tradition. Then it became a close disciple of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche until his death in 1991, and since then is personal adviser to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. In this interview, conducted on channel Vision, he explains how happiness is something that can be achieved through learning and training, just like reading, writing, bicycling or playing music of Mozart." 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Doctora en filosofía, Begoña Román obtuvo el premio extraordinario de licenciatura y de doctorado en la Universidad de Barcelona. De 1996 al 2007 dirigió la Cátedra de Ética de la Universidad Ramon Llull. Actualmente es profesora en la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad de Barcelona y miembro del grupo consolidado de investigación de la Generalitat de Catalunya 'Ética y Filosofía Contemporánea'. Es además vocal del Comité de Bioética de Catalunya, miembro de los comités de bioética de los hospitales San Rafael y Moisés Broggi, y miembro de la comisión de seguimiento del código ético de la Federación Catalana de ONGs por el Desarrollo. Su ámbito de especialización es la ética aplicada a entornos profesionales y organizativos, tema sobre el que ha coordinado y escrito diversos libros y artículos.'It is necessary to recover the spirituality, but not focused on temples and churches, but in essence: the link with future generations and life'. 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