viernes, 27 de diciembre de 2013

One year ago

  By these days last year I started this blog, and it has been a very gratifying experience. Now I'm about to start a different project. It will have a book format and hopefully it will hit the libraries. Nevertheless I will keep posting entries in this blog, but not regularly. 

Thank you for your support throughout 2013-  Best wishes for 2014!


"Life as a tree"

Washed pen and watercolor, 13 August 2008

sábado, 14 de diciembre de 2013


 "Carthage's last sunset"

Watercolor on paper, 30 Aug. 2008


  Carthage has been one the most interesting empires of all times. Founded by the Phoenicians in 814 BC., Carthage dominated the Mediterranean for more than six centuries until its demise in 146 BC. The Carthaginians were the best civil engineers, sailors and warriors of their time. Their home town was a wonder of modernities such as fresh water supply in the entire city, an efficient sewage system and a secure port able to harbor hundreds of ships. 

  Why Carthage did not become the builder of western civilization, as Rome was? It was certainly strong and rich, but it lacked a sound political organization, and had no values to transmit. Carthage had inherited an oriental-type dynasty system that could not prevail over the much stronger Rome's republican organization, its legal system and its democratic representation. 

  After being allies against Greece, Carthage defied Rome's rising power more for a hurt sense of pride and fear of losing its commercial hegemony than for real danger. After a long siege, the Romans finally broke into the city, tearing down every building and selling the survivors as slaves. Carthage would be  from then on another province of the Roman Empire.

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martes, 10 de diciembre de 2013

Self choice

  It's my intelligence really me, or is it just an instrument that I use?

  Let's consider the two circles above: The one in the left contains eight bars, four stars and an small circle, randomly distributed. The one in the right contains the same objects in a geometric simetry. Please watch freely the two images until you feel that you really know everything about them.

............    ...........   .......    ....   ..........     .........

   Now that these two images are familiar to you, please answer these 3 questions (there is no right or wrong answers): 

1) Which image represents me best? 
2) What image I like the most? 
3) What image is me?

There is two possible answer combinations:

1) You answered equally the same questions. In this case, if you answered three times "left figure", your self is centered more in biological aspects and emotions; Right-brain activities are most important. Intelligence is an instrument that I use.

 If you chose three times the "right figure", you are more prone to left-brain activities, logical thinking is above any other consideration. I am my intelligence.

2) You answered 2-1, either two left and one right, or viceversa. In both cases you are close to a healthy balance between both brain hemispheres. You are prone to reconcile means and objectives, and therefore you have more probabilities to reach success in what you do.

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