Awesome Day!

I feel extremely happy to be at the MPC and I feel especially grateful for days like today. The lessons I learned today and the feelings I had:

  1. What is wealth? Wealth is value that we gain by giving people something that they like/need/enjoy.
  2. What wealth is not: Contrary to what many think, wealth is not making or having money. Creating value is what makes economies robust because even if many countries print out money to have more medium of exchange (money), they still have the same amount of goods and services to offer, the later didn’t change and so prices are very likely to go up and the currency to inflate. Money is just a medium that people use to trade off and get the goods and services that others offer. What truly creates value and therefore wealth is human action, because people exchange whatever they can because they believe that doing so will permit them to be in a better state than in the one they used to be. We are the meaning and value makers.ImageImage
  3. Where does a drive to seek something better, to have a vision and to try very hard to achieve it come from? Passion, information, everyone is born with ethos (a god within), the system, framework and environment matter, liberty, doing what we love and do it often, taking risks, nature and nurture.
  4. If we are born with a god within, where does it go for most of the people? Maybe as Socrates would say, the ones who lost it or “forgot” it must recollect it throughout life. It is a shame that many people lose that enthusiasm and the drive to dream, learn and create. With my great project I want to help people get their ethos back so that they can become better and happier people who truly get to be themselves.
  5. How do we exercise entrepreneurship?
  6. Ideas on my Great project: recollect your ethos: moms, adolescents and adults; kids, don’t lose it!
  7. Steve Jobs ideas on value (maybe): people don’t know what they want until you show them.

Schedule of the day:

  • Morning meeting-sharing about our vacation
  • “To tell the truth” activity
  • Acton Institute: The call of entrepreneurship
  • Dialogue on the video- what is wealth? What is entrepreneurship?
  • Lunch
  • Persepolis the Movie
  • Dialogue on Persepolis: I loved the movie and I cried a lot because I don’t want my grandma to die and because it hurts that people can so easily destroy each other and the things that we as humans have built and created together.
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Awesomeness

First of all I want to warn you reader, today was an amazing day and a lot of things are written on my notebook. Get ready, here I go… Diego guided the morning meeting and in his activity we shared small things that changed us during the summer. He said he got inspired by watching Mark Twain’s documentary. After this we continued our conversation with Christopher Phillips, we talked about writing, what “voice” is and I learned a lot from this. The biggest obstacle that keep humans away from writing is themselves. The only thing that is need is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, or even a computer, cellphone or Tablet. Small writings would be beneficial to do while people acquire the habit of writing. Writing personally helps me to organize my thoughts and to place them in a way that sounds more beautiful, still my “voice” is still in every form of expression that I may use. Christopher told us that he likes to write in a simple way, yet not simplistic. He writes for his mom who doesn’t have a huge educational background because he wants his books to be understood by everyone. He tries to avoid using technical words without first explaining what they mean. Now, I will post the activities and questions that Christopher assigned us to do, after writing the answers we shared them with the rest of the class.

Describe yourself in three adjectives

  • Free-minded
  • Fun-Happy
  • Aware-emphatic

Is this how I talk? Ask and answer this question…

I have not been expressing myself and “getting real” as much as I used to some time ago. I have not been expressing a lot of feelings and thoughts that I used to express impulsively.

Imagine and describe your ideal reader. Write to this ideal reader and only to him.

Description of my ideal reader:

  • Curious
  • Wants to know the foundations of as many things as she/he can (the bases that support every theory)
  • Joyful
  • Asks a lot of questions
  • Wants to know the truth
  • Is a complex being
  • Is a people lover

Hello ideal reader, I think that I have been influenced on the greatest Greeks lately. First came old Socrates and then surely came Aristotle. I never thought I would like Aristotle as much as I like Socrates. The latter though, occupies a greater space in my heart. A lot of questions have popped into my mind lately. Questions about myself, about the world, about people, about systems and about institutions. I have been observing a lot of things lately. I wonder why the world is so complex.

*Get with another person and share with one another what you think each other “voice” is like* My partner was Javier Tabush and here is what he said about me:

  • Is sometimes whiny
  • When it is not whiny it is intellectual and formal
  • Says the truth with jokes

I am going to quote Grace Becker on the importance of writing: “Writing I an exploration of thought”. This is truth for me because a lot of times I think that I already understand something, or that I have already made the connection of the dots I was trying to connect and writing actually helps me to organize my brain.

 

Christopher Phillips:

Email: Christopher_phillips@mac.com

Twitter: @ChristopherCafe

Book recommendations:

  1. “On Writing Well” by William Zinssen
  2. “Elements of Style” by Struak and White

After this I started to brainstorm for the speech I’m giving on Friday. I felt like writing about yesterday (sunday) because I learned a lot of things about myself and I felt a of powerful emotions. I started to write about this and it connected to my experience in the first year of the MPC. So here it goes…

  • “A lesson of humility”
  • The many things that we can learn from listening to ourselves and to others, being quiet.
  • Suspending and Proprioception… learning about it and practing it
  • Friendships, support, and feedback
  • Beauty and variety of humanity
  • The power of making life as beautiful as we can.

-Freedom

-Taking the leads of our life and of our education

-A new way of learning.

 

During our individual time I visited Amable Sanchez because I wanted to ask him a couple of questions and truly because as my weekend was so intense, I just needed to talk with someone about it and ask for some advice. As always Amable was very kind and amiable, I wish the world had more Kinds, with a capital letter.

Alejo came to visit us, and then Mabe appeared too. It was an amazing thing to have both of them together again at the MPC. They are part of our big family. Daniel Cuervo gave us a presentation on passions, dreams, fears, performance and potential. Fear has a purpose of survival, we fear the things that threaten us and when we are presented with such an scenario, we can choose to either a) attack, b) retreat or escape, or c) freeze. What makes us perceive something as a threat? An underlying belief. The first time that something doesn’t come out right, we stop doing it and so we loose something that could become our passion. Based on our first time performing we may thing that we are not good enough. I plan to celebrate effort a lot more than the results. “It takes time for potential to flourish”-Dweck. Change isn’t like a surgery were you remove what you don’t like and change it for something that you like more. It is a learning process and becoming good at something requires effort, practice, perseverance and patience.

Not Just Another Brick In The wall

Chacho guided the morning meeting. This time he didn’t show us a magic trick or to show us some crossfit. Nor did we wrote about Edward O. Wilson and Socrates in the Moon, but you are getting closer to the truth… Yes, we wrote something. Chacho gave each of us different little papers to choose from. In the first one I found the name of Socrates, in the second one Diego Rivera (I guess this was the MPCer but I decided to take him as Frida Kahlo’s husband) and in the last paper I got the word “cemetery”. I wanted to write in verse, some sort of poem, but I found myself writing a story. In my story I never mentioned the name of the things I got in the papers but just characteristics, nicknames or examples that will show you the words if you know how to connect the right dots. Really cool activity, afterwards we shared our first two sentences. Too bad we didn’t have more time to keep on sharing; many of the stories were very interesting.

We continued reading Aristotle with Andrew, It has been helping to read the feedback received on our previous reading, we have improved since the first time. Afterwards we kept on working with Andrew, this time with our speeches. Since we just had a huge session on Aristotle, we decided to working on our rhetoric with something that will keep us moving. We practiced “Ethos”, character, how we are portraying ourselves to the audience. It was really fun, I learned a lot. I learned that people will listen to us if we know something that they don’t, if we have experience in something, if we look trustworthy, if we believe in ourselves and in what we are saying, if we look secure and natural.

We then had time to work on our own; we decided to work on the rally that is taking place this Wednesday. We are organizing this rally through the coolest places in the university for the new MPCers and we want to do something really cool. Since I’ll be Milton Friedman with Lore being Rose, we decided to visit our space and to learn more about it. Then we visited the Trading Pit along with Carla de Hess who told a bit more about it and who advised us on setting an appointment with Helmut so that he would show us and explain to us the lot of activities that can be done in that place.

After lunch we watched the Pink Floyd movie “The Wall”. This was the second time that I was watching it, the first one being in Freshman Experience, a class I had with Bert before joining the MPC. The imagery presented in the movie is great and I guess that for the time when it was filmed it was even better. A lot more of things were clicking in my brain this second time I saw this film. Some of the questions that popped into myself after and while watching this movie, are: How can I know what is correct? Institutions and individuals and the relationship between them, how can I not be “just another brick in the wall? These brick in the wall things really made me think, especially when we had our dialogue to talk about this in our biggest circle so far. To me, being another brick in the wall shows a lack of individuality. We let the wall be created around us and then we need to escape from it in order to not forget who we are, in order to feel, in order to live. We got to pop out of the system, everybody has a wall and we all have to do something about it. I believe that change is possible; I believe that we can take control of ourselves. I believe that we can get to know who we are and strive for the things that we value in life and that make us happy. I believe in individuality, I believe in freedom, I believe in happiness.

No Words Allowed

Yesterday I stayed at Kata’s house. Before sleeping I was trying to get into the Zen mode, repeating to myself that today I was not to talk. Nevertheless, I forgot about it in the morning and when Kata woke me up and gave me shampoo and a towel I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I remember that I talked. On my way to the university I said in a very low voice “hay no”. I am used to talk to myself and a lot of times I say what is on my mind at the moment. I was also turning the radio on and off in order to experiment different experiences along the way. I’ll see how the day evolves; at the moment is 8:19 pm. I don’t want to say another word, and I’m trying not to check my email, log on Facebook or do anything else than writing and being aware of my environment.  I’m eager to see what happens during our GEB dialogue time, I hope Chacho, or someone else says something, because from what I heard Blum is not coming and people are thinking on taking this time to read or to watch a video of Hofstadter. I think watching a video would be nice, nonetheless this time is for us to have a dialogue and we should have it and carry on with the schedule with or without a facilitator. Chapter XVIII, which we are to discuss today is extremely cool, there is so much that we can talk about it. Brb.

How ironic, I was just reading On Dialogue and I didn’t notice that I was just about to talk, or apparently I just talked… WAAAAAAAAA. Noting this irony, I’ll try to observe my thinking process. A mini conversation between Pablito, Javier t and Bert. I didn’t understand, and I assume that the rest of the circle didn’t understand that either. I really like that a lot of people have asked for clarification: 5times. I can notice that people read, it is a nice feeling. Not many interruptions or people talking at the same time. Somebody asked the page number, I said 90: Those little impulses that get out of my mind without I really noticing until they are out.

Drama was very cool, we were supposed to act context-less scenes. I said suppose because since I couldn’t speak, Kata and I just mimicked what we were supposed to say, everyone laughed. Every MPCer had a great time during drama, as always, it was fun and relaxing. Laughter is good for your health.

Apparently I talk in big chunks, and when I want to “help” someone. I took a power nap during my individual working time, and when I woke up Chacho was asking to Kata till what page should we read Mechanics for Heinze’s class. I was very excited because I read the chapter yesterday and I really learned so much, and since again: I had just woke up… I said a big chunk of words which I don’t really remember at the moment. Apparently my impulsivity comes in big chunk, I don’t even notice it until I am in the middle of my 4th word, or so. It has been a very nice day, Heinz is coming in a while and we are working on our human pendulum. 3:55 brb.

The human pendulum was awesome! Everyone in my group (me, included) had a great time. I wanted to cry for a while, because I had the chronometer and we were measuring the time that took Marce, Kata and Javier T to oscillate five times in the pendulum. The time was exactly the same! After reading about Galileo in Mechanics and Copernican Revolution, this was very special to me, because I knew that it took centuries for someone to say that if you throw two objects of the same volume and different mass “from the Tower of Pisa” or from somewhere else, the heavier and the light object shall fall at the same time. With the pendulum you can really prove that the weight of something is not the reason why some objects fall faster than others… I am in awe at the inventiveness and brains of Galileo and I was imagining what he probably felt when he made this discovery (even if according to Kuhn he never experimented at the tower of Pisa, but derived his calculations from logical arguments instead).

Capture

At the beginning of Debrief I was feeling sad because everyone was just giving “negative feedback”. I, on the contrary, had more good things to say than bad ones. No good things were acknowledged and I think it is of high importance that we celebrate what is right with the world in order to have energies to fix what’s wrong. Today the vibe that I felt in the environment was of happiness, joy, love of learning, inquiry and many other things. The one that I felt the most today was the power of happiness. I wanted to cry for about 5 times during the day, all of them for happiness reasons. We had the visit from Giancarlo for a very small period of time, but I almost cried while I was thinking about him and how amazing he really is. Other things that really impacted me were our minitrip to the wropes to experiment with “Human pendulum”. The experience was amazing and beautiful; discovery and learning are both awesome things. A Beautiful, beautiful experience.

After debrief I went for about 15 min to the presentation of the last of Carlos Sabino books. Amable Sanchez was talking and Giancarlo was there, I also wanted to cry of happiness. It is simply amazing to get to know all this wonderful people, and having them under the same roof, all at once.

Finca “El Zapote”

My notes on Dillard and Thoreau/ stream of consciousness/ awareness of my surroundings:

At 5 pm on my spot:

With every second that goes by I notice more and more things. When I look towards the waterfall I listen to the sound of the water stronger than when I look toward the other side of the pond. It’s amazing to see the birds that pass by in the reflection of the pond or in the reflection of my Kindle. As Thoreau points out in Solitude, I’m “having a little world all to myself”. We are never alone, we are always surrounded by things, nature, people, animals, other planets, the stars, etc.

From 5:40 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in my spot:

More mosquitoes are flying around me, tons of them, they are in different groups. The birds of the red tree are leaving it. Every bird is flying away: as we always do at some point in our life, towards a goal, to pursuit our dreams, away from home or away from our comfort zone. While we fly we get to know other birds (other people), that flew away from other places, that will enrich our life and our experience on earth. We enrich ourselves by interacting with people. The birds, looking at all the landscapes and cities from the top, like if they were on other level, appreciating everything. Adding beauty, quality, knowledge, strength and worth to their lives.

The sun is rising up very fast! That’s how I should wake up every morning, in order to appreciate the beauty of the universe. I’m surprised that the lilies have not opened yet; I woke up earlier than most of them. I wonder if the ants are awake at this time, I haven’t seen one yet, which is weird because the other times that I have been in this spots I had been surrounded by them. Lots of birds are singing, which make me want to sing among them. Like Thoreau, I’m not feeling alone. There is so much to look at this place. To my back, I can see the volcano and many trees. I finally got to see a spider; I’ve seen a lot of spider webs, but no spiders at all.

We are just like cameras; we can’t focus everything in one place at the same time just by looking once. We focus, we see what we want to see. There are different levels in nature and in everything we see. We choose which level to see. Water drops, lots of water drops in many plants. I thought that the sun was already lighting everything up and as brighter as it can get, but actually it wasn’t because now everything looks brighter. I want to be like the sun, always giving more, doing and achieving more than expected and influencing and helping others with his light.

I wonder why is it so hard for me to close my eyes and remember everything: every single detail that my eyes saw a second before. As I close my eyes, the picture I was just seeing vanishes from my mind and I just see blackness.

So many things that can capture my attention. Sounds, the birds, the waterfall near me. Actually I’m getting the feeling that even birds have patterns to their singing.

There is one flower alone, a beautiful one, I cannot see it very good, I’m going to go for a walk to encounter her. It’s amazing how animals and plants share the space with other plants and animals. Apparently they live peaceful and in harmony. Oh, anarchy! Are flowers a she or a he?

I wonder why people forget that we are creators; we are capable of creating things. I was thinking about the guy who invented digital cameras. I bet that he was passionate for both computers or programming and photography.

We settle, and as we wait for authorities to tell us what to do (at schools, work, and home, we keep on waiting for “the smart people” to do stuff so that then we can buy it). But we too are cool and smart, the only trouble is that we enjoy or we think we enjoy procrastination, sleeping, not taking chances and challenges. But the most horrible thing is that we don’t believe in ourselves. We don’t believe, we somehow forgot to do our homework on loving and looking with awe and admiration to what we as humans are. We need not be humble about it, look around you, you’ll find a lot of work and creation made by men in collaboration with one another.

Everybody wants to be famous, to leave a legacy, to be remembered; but they don’t fight for what they believe. We conform to Corn-Pone Opinions, to what most of the people thing, to fit in. We don’t have opinions of our own, but merely opinions of someone else. We stand for nothing. Many others criticize war but are hard to keep a conversation with because they are stubborn and think they are always right. Men can do nothing alone, as humans, we need to collaborate, thence to communicate with others. It is by this interaction that we enrich our lives and our knowledge grows. We need be willing others to question our deepest assumptions and opinions in order to learn. I don’t want to fit in, I want to stand out. Standing up for what I value and having a great life that I won’t ever change.

I wonder if religion has something to do with this. Because now it seems that people think that they have a happy future secured with the idea of going to “heaven”, they think that just because they believe they’ll be happy in the afterlife. But we don’t know what will happen when we die. We better exercise our free will and do the things that we dream of, because nothing is secured or sure thing. EVERY DAY IS A MIRACLE. Amable Sanchez and Kemeny told me that miracles are everything that the laws of nature or humans can’t explain; hence we are surrounded by them… WE ARE SURROUNDED BY MIRACLES. Human action is a big example of this.

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November 14, 2012

Today’s awesome morning meeting was directed by Mabe Fratti. First, she asked for 4 volunteers and she gave each of them a piece of paper with a feeling or emotion that they had to portrait only by making one sound. Isa, the two Javiers and Kata volunteered and illustrated sounds of nostalgia, sadness, happiness and anger. It was very fun and cool that we guessed the word or something related to it. Then, Mabe played 7 tracks of classical pieces and we had to write down the feelings that we were getting from listening to these tracks. It was very cool to listen to real music and to let our feelings evolve and our imagination flow. When we shared what we got we discovered that many times we had written similar things and some people even imagined sort of the same story.

Epicycle on Consilience by Edward O. Wilson: During my individual time I was taking notes on my reading on Consilience and I’ll share them right here, and then I’ll share what we discussed in the circle (dialogue).

Chapter 4:

Theories: are a product of informed imagination.

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Science: is the organized systematic enterprise (def. undertake, new project) that gathers knowledge about the world and condenses the knowledge into testable laws and principles.

Reductionism: Looking for the right questions and then finding them solutions or experiments. This is the primary and essential activity of science.

19th century: Rekindle of the idea of achieving objective truth.
• Positivism: Only certain knowledge is the exact description of what we perceive with our senses.
• Pragmatism: Truth is what consistently works in human action.

Tautological: Every conclusion follows completely from its own premises, which may not have anything to do with the real world. (Mathematics is tautological).

An idea that I got from reading this chapter and one that I will mention in the dialogue part is that maybe an objective truth will never be able to be defined, but we still have to try. Trying is the only way of knowing if we will be able to do it or not.

Chapter 5:

Chapter 5 starts with an analogy of the Greek mythology’s labyrinth and consilience. Now I am glad for the course I took on mythology and vampires in EPRI some months ago because I can understand the references Wilson makes with Greek mythology (this is the 3rd time he mentions something related to the Greeks and this chapter is named after Ariadne’s thread).

Consilience among the branches of learning is the Ariadne’s thread needed to traverse it. Theseus is humanity, the Minotaur our own dangerous irrationality. Near the entrance of the labyrinth of empirical knowledge is physics, comprising one gallery, then a few branching galleries that all searchers undertaking the journey must follow… While there is an entrance, more or less, there is no center, only an immense number of end points deep within the maze. In tracking the thread backward, from effect to cause, assuming we have enough knowledge to do so, we can begin with only one end point. The labyrinth of the real world is thus a Borgesian maze of almost infinite possibility. We can never map it all, never discover and explain everything. But we can hope to travel through the known parts swiftly, from the specific back to the general, and—in resonance with the human spirit—we can go on tracing pathways forever. We can connect threads into broadening webs of explanation, because we have been given the torch and the ball of thread.

Wilson also shared that he had a project once, he is a biologist, and he asked for help from a chemist and a mathematician. He was practicing what he preached, solving a problem of biology with physics and chemistry.

Wilson also talks a lot about going from a level of specific organization (like an organism) to a more general level (like a molecule). He also mentions this structure: superorganism—-organism—-glands & organs—-molecules. He describes this in page 93 as the challenge of scientific holism (going from general to more specific levels of organization). About this I feel like he is talking about going from the micro perspective into a macro one. By examining the macro we can learn more not only about one organism in specific, but also about many, many other which are obviously composed by molecules. We have been working on the micro perspective for years and we still have no cure for cancer which is only incrementing. Maybe we should try to go on and change a little on the process and methods we are using to achieve what we want to achieve.

Discovering stuff in any field, according to Wilson, will help us to get to the objective truth. He believes that there is only on truth which we can achieve or know starting from any branch of knowledge. Then, Wilson goes on talking about truth and he asks this question: “How can we know that nature’s algorithms are the same as our own?” Which leads to:

Complexity theory: Born in the 1970s. Searches for algorithms used in nature that display common features across many levels of organization. The opposite side argues that everything is too complex to be reduced to elementary processes. The opposite side also says that there can be no matter that predicts the wholes.

Fervent advocates:
Believe in complex laws. They believe the can leapfrog conventional science. The opposed to this believe that there is not enough information yet and that their conclusions are vague.

Dialogue on Consilience:
Marce mentioned that what if the scientific method is wrong? Then, all the things that have been proven by it will not be true anymore. Wow, how can we be sure that we know? How do we know that what we know is the truth? How can we know that we are not mistaken?
Wilson believes that there are laws that guide both science and human society. For example: math and physics relate to the collection of men. He also believes that the celestial bodies discovered by astronomy and physics could serve as a model for human society.

Performing Arts: We discussed the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare ♥. We’ll have auditions for the play characters and we will probably be playing it either this or next year. Here is a link where you can look for the characters in the play: http://nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth/characters.html. Sounds like a lot of fun. I will be auditioning for Lady Macbeth role and since there are more men than women on the play and since in the MPC we have more women, I will also be auditioning for Macduff role. I love Shakespeare’s plays and I’ll really like to act in one of them. I hope that we get more into Shakespeare, there are some books that mention him. I love the Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet. I haven’t read Hamlet yet.

During our programming class we gave or “one minute” pitch on our app ideas. I had many of them and people had very cool ideas. Some ideas where kind of difficult to program, so Kyle told us to re-think and re-organize our ideas or to try to make things simpler or to set up a small goal that we can be able to finish before this year ends.

October 30, 2012

Today Javier Tabush directed the morning meeting. He brought in some Halloween decoration and it was our task to put them around our MPC space. Everything looks scary in a cute way right now haha. Javier also showed us a very fun video of the Ellen show, were Ellen sent a reporter to a haunted house and everything was scaring her, so she was yelling all the time. We all laughed a lot. During the Agora, Pablito, Grace and I talked about the thank you letters that are due tomorrow. Lucia also helped me with my letters and gave me feedback on them.

During my individual time I decided to read “The Trivium” and to document.

October 29, 2012

Today Grace directed the morning meeting. She showed us two videos of dance which I enjoyed very much. She showed us this videos to share her passion with us (which is obviously dancing) and today she is directing the performance arts time, the MPCers are finally dancing! The late arrivals were: Ines, Ingrid and Javier Tabush. The “thank you letters” that my group is doing are due on Wednesday, so we need to work on that. Oh, and the costume thing for Wednesday (Halloween) is for real, so all the MPCers are going to dress like a famous character from our readings or a famous author. I want to see what people come up with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoAjE1aioHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9poLXPIGw

Then, we worked in our groups, brainstorming “what exists at UFM? What is out there on campus that we can use and enjoy?” After brainstorming and sharing our ideas with everyone, we came up with a google docs list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuazmUwZUI41dERqRjRyNlNCM2hycS1SbngxYmVxdlE). Here is a list of the things I brainstormed with Grace and Pablito:

• Library resources: reading clubs, the library tour, José Cecilio del Valle reserve, movies, maps, multimedia, old books sale, data base.
• New Media: videos.
• Organización para las artes
• Visiting professors
• Clever professors @ UFM
• Casa Popenoe
• Arboretum
• Heuristica
• Centers: Cadep, ix caldún, henry Hazlitt, Capitalism, CEES (centro de estudios economicos), Free Cities Institute, Ethic Center, Centro de Economía Experimental, etc.
• Labs
• Facultades: Psicologia, odontología, medicina, EPRI, educación, derecho, economía, Escuela de Negocios,
• Cuerdas program
• Hospital Esperanza
• Popol Vuh Museum
• Theathers (Juan Bautista Gutierres, Hayek, etc.)
• Cursos libres
• Logos
• Anfitriones
• Exchange and traveling opportunities
• TEDxUFM
• UFM book editorial
• Debate club
• Sporty activities (once in a lifetime)
• Hymn and rules of the University
• First Tuesday
• UFM family
• People you have to meet from UFM (ask Pablito about it)
• UFM map
• UFM board of directors and fiduciaries
• Memoirs of important people: Francisco Marroquin, Hayek, Freud, Mises, etc. around the university.
• UFM gardens
• Akademya.
• UFM allies

Then, we went together to a conference which was supposed to be about free cities, but it was more about making islands and maybe using the free cities ideas on them. It was a part of the architecture faculty and maybe that’s why the conference was boring to me. Besides, the guy giving is wasn’t very good at rhetoric at all and he talked a lot about building and architecture related facts.

During performing arts we had Grace teach us some dancing moves. The whole thing was very cool, I laughed a lot and had a lot of fun, like everyone else. We need to dance more often! Wuhu!
This is how we probably looked to someone outside of MPC, nutsss!

We were supposed to have our math class at 4 pm, but only four people were on the circle at that time. Kyle told us that he was not going to be able to make it until 5 pm, so we had to present the problems left. Kata and Chacho were trying to explain it but very few people were paying attention and trying to solve the problem. I was one of them, but then a little circle emerged around Alejo’s computer with people who wanted to solve this problem. I didn’t join because I thought that they were going to spread sometime, I dint say a thing either, which now I realize was a mistake. Carla arrived and Diego and I had a conversation with her, I forgot the Project Euler program while doing this. During the debrief many commentary and reflection was given to the fact that almost no one was paying attention and being engaged to solving this problem. Many people were pretending to pay attention and were only waiting for this class to end. Maybe we were waiting for some kind of authority to tell us what to do. This is time for us to think of what we are doing. One group needed to be more inclusive and try to engage the rest of the class but at the end it is an individual responsibility and a “self-governance” issue that we need to work on.

October 26, 2012

Today Alejo guided the morning meeting. He showed us a clip from one of his favorite movies, where Natalie Portman is making crazy things in order to do something original that no one else has ever done or will do. Then, we had to do something crazy, I was the first, I did some crazy moves, and people laughed. My favorite one though was Bert’s, he made a Ludwig Von Mises move, he touched his nose with one finger and said Ludwig, then with the other finger in his nose he said von, and then he said Mises. Oh, you fun libertarian jokes. Oh, and Ingrid made dancing that made me laugh a lot too. Then Alejo showed us a video where Steve Jobs mentions that once you realize that everything that we are able to see was created by a human, who was just like us, everything changes. Here are the links to the videos that Alejo shared with us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU4o4kHq9kg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvEiSa6_EPA

Then, during my individual time I used Kyle’s suggested app to work for 25 min and rest for 5. Pomadora is the name of this app. I was also trying to work standing up, like Kyle. I did this for two cycles, but then I stopped because I was not concentrated anymore in the reading and it was almost time for our visitor of the day to come, Dylan Evans. Dylan is a really cool and famous man, who is currently teaching for free at the university. He is also a Dj, a PhDj. The cast of the Matrix movie had to read one of his books. I really tried to use my individual time of today wisely in order to Finish with The Trivium for Wednesday, and to document the things that I needed to document.
Oh, and here is the schedule I have for today:
• Reading The Trivium on periods of 25 min, with 5 minute breaks in between.
• Dylan PhDj
• Document yesterday’s afternoon and today

Dylan Evans came and we had a discussion basically about himself, his life, and a book that we will be reading with him: “Thinking, fast and slow”. He told us that he understood that our program was basically learning how to learn. We agreed. He majored in philosophy but told us that the best philosophers of all history did not have any degrees, he put Plato as an example. I never thought of that before, but it is true. After getting his diploma, he went to Argentina to teach English, there he discovered psychology, which is his main field of work. He mentioned that in Buenos Aires people are just big fans of Freud and Lacan and of psychoanalysts. There, he started reading Lacan and took some notes on it, then he put them in his computer and he realized that he had a book there, so he called someone to publish it, he did, and that is a very famous book in psychology. Dylan is very fun, but many times I thought that he was making a joke, even though he was telling the truth. His life reminds me of Forest Gump, he told us that he even started a cult in Scotland, I can see that he does whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. He told us that when people ask him: “what do you do for a living?” or “what do you do?” he answers: “I think”. So he thinks for a living. He told us that he is never able to attach to one topic, he is always changing topics and research topics, he writes books about different things. He is in the University because he is writing a book on Free Cities right now. He also mentioned some things about the market, and about how people make decisions and buy things. He said that people are not always rational in the market; I will like to know more about this. Oh, and he advised us to stop worrying so much, and to work less haha.

I had a feedback session with Bert and Ingrid. I really liked how the things went down for this session. First, I had 10 minutes to tell both of them how was I feeling as an MPC pioneer and how did I think the program and the rest of the stuff was going in here. I told them that I felt like there is so much I could learn from the MPC if I use my time wisely, and if I really put effort into it. There is just so much things that I could learn in here, but it is my choice, I need to choose it daily in order to make it. I need to choose to be an organized and responsible learner everyday that I come to the MPC. I need to commit to this program, I need to read in my house, I need to work my class off during the individual time, etc. I also told them that sometimes I get the feeling that we are building an awesome culture in here, and some other times I feel the exact opposite. When nobody reads, like what happened with The Trivium and when nobody is doing their individual work, I get this feeling that we are going backwards. Then, Bert and Ingrid talked for about 8 minutes about me, and I couldn’t intervene, and they were not talking to me. It was just a conversation between both of them, I was just a spectator. The advice that Bert gave me with my reading documentation, which is what I need to work on, is: I could document what I read every 30 min or so, for about 5 min in order to not leave the entire book to document for the last minute.

Here is what Bert and Ingrid mentioned about me:
1. It’s great that I’m calling other people for quality, like I did with the MPC handbook.
2. The handbook thing made them think that I care a lot about the MPC
3. I have courage to confront people when I have to do so, I should do this more often.
4. In the bus on our way back from Atitlan, Bert saw Carmen, being Carmen.
5. I shall pioneer the program and become a great model.
6. I have a performing ability, and I have a great sense of humor. I have to use my qualities to relate to others and to get into people.
7. I have a great potential, and when I understand and acknowledge all this that I can do I am going to do great things.
8. People listen to me when I speak.
9. I am not aware of how much my example and what I say has an effect on people and changes things.
10. I need to accept the role of being a pioneer and to accept and make a great use of this power.
11. I need to discover my inner strength.
12. I am thoughtful to express my feelings.
13. I am polite, honest, respectful, observer (very observer), aware of what is going on.
14. I need to do something about the things that I see and know that I don’t like or are not right.
15. I love to be surrounded by people who are great learners.
16. I am going to be so much better now that I am finally using a schedule and trying to organize myself.
17. Using my MPC individual time will help me feel successful.
18. I need to celebrate what’s right with the MPC in order to fix what’s wrong with it.
19. I can’t be defeated because of the wrong stuff.
20. I have to acknowledge myself because I have been a great model.
21. Using the right body language could make everyone notice how present I am.
22. I shall always express myself.
23. I don’t have to feel defeated.
24. I need to realize that I have a lot of values and that I am resilient. This is a time for self-reflection.
25. I have all this power inside me: moral, intellectual, humorous, creativity and playfulness.

I felt very good after this feedback session, it was mainly positive stuff and congratulating time. It really shocked me though, because throughout my life, people have always told me that I have a lot of potential inside me and that I don’t explode it. People often say that I don’t believe in myself and in the great things that I could do because of how great I am. I didn’t believe this, but now I do. Because Bert and Ingrid have known me for about two months and they are telling me the same stuff that people have always told me. I do believe that I have great qualities that I could rock just if I want to!

Lucia, Mabe and Alejo showed us the videos of themselves teaching how to prove the first 3 postulates of Euclid’s Elements. They were really good for them doing it the first time, but there is a lot of things for us to improve yet.