18/05/2012

The power of a good smile

The power of smile is so big that only the fact of slightly doing it already produces beneficial effects. Richard Wiseman, a Public Understanding of Psychology professor in the University of Hertfordshire, in UK, remembers us in an interview with Eduard Punset that ‘when you force yourself to smile, it encourages you, it makes you feel happier. This said, you have to keep your smile for 15 seconds, keep it there’.

A simple exercise: stop, breathe gently and focus your attention on your face. Start with your forehead; be aware of the feelings that come from it, if there is any type of strain, relax it. Pay special attention to your jaws and tongue, because we tend to keep them strained. Breathe and relax them. Relax your mouth. Gently, put the tip of your tongue on your upper gum, behind your front teeth. You will see how you lips are immediately relaxed and you gently smile.

Your face is one of the most sensible parts of your body. A set of various elements, each of them unique, forms your presentation card: eyes, mouth, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks… Fear and rage, some of our most common tensions, tend to gather around some of these parts —your jaw and forehead are neuralgic points—. This is the reason why it is important to know how your face is, what it says about one y be aware of it, relax our muscles and start to change our attitude.

Many people from different times and cultures have referred to the smile’s extraordinary singularity and its ability to make the transition between one’s self to others. In words of María Jesús Ribas, ‘the smile it’s not only the display of an inner feeling of joy, harmony or welfare; it is an exclusive form of expression for human beings and it is as well the most visible part of an intimate union between two minds’. The Dalai Lama considers ‘a smile as something unique in a human being. A smile is also a powerful communication tool. A sincere smile is the perfect expression for human love and compassion’. Mother Theresa of Calcuta was convinced that ‘peace starts with a smile’ and Russian writer Leon Tólstoi even said ‘a kid recognizes his mother by a smile’.

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En 30 años tendremos la capacidad de controlar el envejecimiento

—El doctor Aubrey de Grey es gerontólogo biomédico, británico aunque afincado en Mountain View, California, como director científico de SENS Research Foundation, organización benéfica de investigación biomédica que realiza y financia investigaciones de laboratorio dedicadas a combatir el proceso de envejecimiento.
Es también editor jefe de Rejuvenation Research, la revista de referencia mundial sobre la intervención en el envejecimiento. Se licenció en ciencias de la computación y se doctoró en biología en la Universidad de Cambridge. Sus investigaciones se centran en la identificación de todos los tipos de daño celular y molecular autoinfligido, que constituyen el envejecimiento de los mamíferos, y el diseño de intervenciones para reparar y/o evitar ese daño.
De Grey es además miembro de la Sociedad Gerontológica de América y de la Asociación Estadounidense del Envejecimiento, y forma parte de juntas asesoras editoriales y científicas de numerosas revistas y organizaciones.
Ponente muy solicitado, da entre 40 y 50 charlas al año entre conferencias científicas, universidades, empresas —de áreas que van desde la industria farmacéutica hasta los seguros de vida— y directamente al público.

In 30 years from now we will have the ability to control aging

—Dr Aubrey de Grey is a British biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, as Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process.
In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and PhD in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage.
Dr de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.
He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40–50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and directly to the public.

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El multimillonario ruso, de solo 32 años —Imagen Unknown Author
Para alcanzar este objetivo, están previstas cuatro fases: 1) Avatar A, que se llevará a cabo entre 2015 y 2020, en la que podremos controlar a un robot con la mente; 2) Avatar B, entre 2020 y 2025, en la que seremos capaces de trasplantar el cerebro de una persona —al final de su vida— a un robot; 3) Avatar C, entre 2030 y 2035, que permitirá crear un androide con un cerebro artificial, al que se dotará de la conciencia, recuerdos y conocimientos de una persona antes de morir; y 4) Avatar D, entre los años 2035 y 2045, última fase en la que nuestra mente podrá ser transferida a un holograma, sin las limitaciones propias de la biología, a la que ahora estamos sometidos. Itskov, de tan solo 32 años, está convencido de que la inmortalidad cibernética se puede alcanzar, y a eso está dedicando su vida. Se vanagloria de que este proyecto está apoyado por el Dalái Lama y, tal y como aseguró en una entrevista para Muy Interesante, su intención es 'construir una sociedad donde las personas sean capaces de vivir en la abundancia y durante mucho tiempo, no sólo en nuestro planeta. Aunque ya somos técnicamente capaces de enviar colonos a la Luna y a Marte, con nuestra dotación biológica no sobreviviríamos allí por mucho tiempo. Los cuerpos artificiales, sin embargo, permitirían convertirnos en futurnautas, los primeros pobladores, los conquistadores del Universo. Entonces, no necesitaríamos ni comer ni beber, sobreviviríamos al frío y calor extremos y nos adaptaríamos a las altas y bajas presiones'. W_timetodie_B
Roy Batty podría convertirse en realidad como Avatar C en vez de como Nexus 6, e incluso ser mejorado como Avatar D —'Blade Runner', Ridley Scott, 1982
El Proyecto Avatar incide en que todo forma parte de la evolución: se trata de alcanzar el último escalón, el estadio superior. De él, nacerá una Humanidad más sabia, pacífica y justa. La idea, hoy por hoy, parece una utopía. 'La civilización ha llegado a materializar tecnologías impensables; no es una fantasía', insiste Itskov. ¿Seremos realmente capaces los seres humanos de llegar a convertirnos en seres de luz? La respuesta, razonablemente pronto.It may sound like science fiction, but the fact is that there is a project whose ultimate goal is to achieve something like the immortality of the human being. This project is called Initiative 2045, although it is also known as Avatar, and is powered by Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov. The biggest obstacle is the technology to make it happens, because no one has yet developed the ability to transfer the individual consciousness to robots and holograms, which is ultimately what Itskov and his team of scientists are looking for.
The Russian billionaire, only 32 years old —Image Unknown Author
To achieve this goal four phases are planned: 1) Avatar A, which will take place between 2015 and 2020, in which we can control a robot with the mind; 2) Avatar B, between 2020 and 2025, in which be able to transplant the brain of a person —at the end of his life— to a robot, 3) Avatar C, between 2030 and 2035, in which we will create an android with an artificial brain, to be provisioned awareness, memories and knowledge of a person before die; and 4) Avatar D, between 2035 and 2045, the last phase in which our mind may be transferred to a hologram, without the limitations of biology, to which we are now subjected. Itskov, just 32, is convinced that the cybernetic immortality can be attained, and it is devoting his life. He boasts that this project is supported by the Dalai Lama and, as said in an interview for Muy Interesante magazine, its intention is 'to build a society where people are able to live in abundance and for a long time, not only in our planet. Although we are already technically capable of sending settlers to the Moon and Mars, with our biological endowment will not survive there for long. Artificial bodies, however, would become futurnauts, early settlers, the conquerors of the Universe. So we no need to eat or drink, we survive extreme heat and cold and we would adapt to the high and low pressures'. W_timetodie_B
Roy Batty could become reality as an Avatar C instead of a Nexus 6, and even been improved as an Avatar D —'Blade Runner', Ridley Scott, 1982
The Avatar Project emphasizes that all is part of the evolution: it is the last step to reach the higher stage. It will be born a wiser, peaceful and fairer humanity. The idea, today, seems utopian. 'Civilization has become unthinkable technologies into reality; it is not a fantasy', insists Itskov. Will we be able to become beings of light? The answer is coming soon." 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Mientras tanto, en un mundo que tiene capacidad para alimentar al doble de su población, 55 millones de niños sufren desnutrición aguda y 3,5 millones mueren de hambre cada año.An experiment conducted in 2011 by the Spanish organization Acción contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger) showed that the instinct to share is in human nature. Meanwhile, in a world that has the capacity to feed twice its population, 55 million children suffer acute malnutrition and 3,5 million die of hunger every year. " ["post_title"]=> string(74) "Compartir humanum estTo share is human" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(21) "compartir-humanum-est" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2014-07-13 14:29:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-07-13 12:29:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(29) "http://whatonline.org/?p=2230" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#1854 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(2847) ["post_author"]=> string(4) "2049" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2012-07-02 00:03:39" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-07-01 22:03:39" ["post_content"]=> string(2089) "'En el futuro ganará importancia la conexión con uno mismo y con los demás'. Licenciado en ciencias biológicas por la Universidad de Navarra, master en administración de empresas por la Universidad de Deusto, titulado en gestión internacional de empresas por el INSEAD Business School Europe y DEA en psicología por la Universidad de las Islas Baleares, comenzó su carrera en empresas internacionales desempeñando distintos cargos directivos y recibiendo en dos ocasiones la medalla de oro de la cámara de comercio. Posteriormente, buscando una nueva orientación profesional, estudió reducción de estrés —MBSR— en el centro médico de la Universidad de Massachusetts obteniendo el grado de profesor. Actualmente compagina la consultoría en formación corporativa con la investigación en reducción de estrés, por cuyo trabajo recibió el premio a la investigación REIDE 2005. También es autor de los libros 'Con rumbo propio' y 'Sabiduría estratégica', ambos en la Editorial Plataforma, así como de varios artículos en revistas científicas y divulgativas.'In the future the connection with oneself and with others will gain importance'. With a degree in biological sciences from the University of Navarra, master in business administration from the University of Deusto, degree in international business management from INSEAD Business School Europe and DEA in psychology from the University of the Balearic Islands, he began his career in international business playing different positions and twice received the gold medal of the chamber of commerce. Later, seeking a career change, studied stress reduction —MBSR— at the Medical Center of the University of Massachusetts to obtain the rank of teacher. Currently he combines corporate training consulting with research in stress reduction, for which he received the research award Reide 2005. He is also author of the books 'Own Going' and 'Strategic Wisdom', both in Editorial Plataforma, as well as several articles in scientific journals and informative." ["post_title"]=> string(132) "WHAT ABOUT: El futuro por Andrés Martín AsueroWHAT ABOUT: The future by Andrés Martín Asuero" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(45) "what-about-the-future-by-andres-martin-asuero" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2021-05-05 17:57:34" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2021-05-05 15:57:34" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(29) "http://whatonline.org/?p=2847" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }