Author Archives: Jaime Silvela

About Jaime Silvela

My favorite chemical element is Potassium.

New site

I’ve started to migrate this blog to my own website and my own tools. As of end-of-year 2016, the new site seems relatively complete. Please point your browser at http://silvela.org/jaime/lost/ Advertisements

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Ego, the yoyo

What a funny, paradoxical thing, ego. I start to recognize it in places where I had not expected to see it. A few months ago, talking with a friend about my new job, I commented how surprised I was that … Continue reading

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Common sense and other nonsense

My hard science education has left me many sequels, some of which I like. Mostly, I’m happy it has given me a healthy skepticism of “common sense.” In science, you learn many things that shock you, and that, therefore, you … Continue reading

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A cursed capacity for suffering

There’s another Doctor Zhivago quote on my mind these days. “Even Comrade Lenin underestimated both the anguish of that nine hundred mile-long front, and our cursed capacity for suffering.” For a movie I don’t like much, it has left a … Continue reading

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Subtle reasons

I’m not a big fan of David Lean’s “Doctor Zhivago”. It does contain, however, a line I love: “He approved of us, but for reasons which were subtle, like his verse.” I don’t think one needs to be a poet, … Continue reading

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Narrative

More and more, I am convinced that narrative is the best way to learn, design, carry out. More and more, I reject books or articles that present information statically, as if it were final, as if there were nowhere to … Continue reading

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Lies, damn lies

It’s not news that there are lots of lies in the news. It doesn’t just come from politicians, nor just from journalists manipulating facts. We live in a world that has vast quantities of research and knowledge, but where everyone … Continue reading

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