Sunday, September 29, 2013

Yoga Pela Paz 2013: reserve a sua agenda!

Na manhã de 11 de outubro tem Yoga Pela Paz no Ananda Iyengar Yoga Shala. Aula de Pranayama com Karina Grecu + degustação de chá conduzida por Erika Kobayashi ( Estarei junto nessas atividades, que são gratuitas, mas com vagas limitadas. Reserve a sua escrevendo para

Nesse movimento de manifestações por todo o Brasil, achamos muito importante nos engajar pela paz, pela conexão interior e pela sabedoria da transformação que começa em si mesmo e vai disseminando benefícios para o coletivo. A palavra yoga significa unir, religar, por isso queremos honrar essa prática milenar e sagrada convidando as pessoas a se unirem e praticarem juntas. Em 2012, recebemos muitos participantes que, pela primeira vez na vida, toparam experimentar o yoga e meditação. Que alegria! Em outubro, teremos uma aula especial de pranayama (exercícios de respiração), seguida de uma degustação de chá, com a intenção de despertar a sensorialidade em todos os sentidos e buscar uma troca fundamentada no cultivo da cultura de paz. Namastê! 

Carline, Karina e Erika 

Agradecemos pelo apoio: Chá YÊ!

Monday, March 04, 2013

"Que seja um ano de mais abertura, trocas e descobertas"

Chá de champanhe para brindar os novos começos no yoga.

Sinta que saboroso o relato de Erika Kobayashi em Cerimônia do Chá

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What would a transhumanist theory of education look like? #edcmooc

Are you a human, a transhuman or a posthuman?!

... They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” First article of the Universal Declaration of HumanRights

... only the former has the capacity for rational thought. Reason belongs solely to the human and, as such, serves to unite the human race.” Neil Badmington 

... and share their lives, even if this simply means sharing a personal post on facebook.

Some humans try to...

Some of them... 
but in fact, technology has more worshipers than many religions nowadays...

Professor Steve Fuller's point of view reinforces the need to reflect about the “human” existence, given we “have failed in the humanist project”, which aims for racial, gender and class equality, for instance.

Shouldn't we consider transhumanism then?

“Here we are evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human condition and the human organism opened up by the advancement of technology. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.” Nick Bostrom

“We favour allowing individuals wide personal choice over how they enable their lives. This includes use of techniques that may be developed to assist memory, concentration, and mental energy; life extension therapies; reproductive choice technologies; cryonics procedures; and many other possible human modification and enhancement technologies.”
TheTranshumanist Declaration  

...and augmentation of human intellectual, physical and emotional capacities.

And what about a posthuman?

It's already considered a radical enhanced human.

Posthumanism goes beyond what we would ever deem possible in regards to human beings and their use of technology.

Now comes the question: What would a transhumanist theory of education look like?!
I think it would definitely be linked to technology and digital education.

“'Technology-enhanced learning’ appears to have become the new acceptable term globally for what used to be called ‘e-learning’”   EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme

After reflecting the following statement: what is considered utopic (desirable) and dystopic (undesirable) according to a “transhumanist education”, I may say:

Dystopic points
1) can be extremely overwhelming, specially through the interaction of massive social medias

2) As we rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence (“Is Google making us stupid?”  )

3) Based on the misery noted in many regions of the planet, the opportunity to have a “transhuman education” may be restricted to a small elite group; this will likely further increase the disparity between the poor and the rich in our current society.

Utopic points
1) have a variety of computer-based simulations and games to stimulate learning, thus expanding the student’s problem-solving skills, and further increasing their ability to apply the new acquired knowledge.

2) use artificial intelligence to personalize teaching and learning.
go beyond written texts; new technologies can enhance embodied learning
“There is increasing support for the idea that the way we think maybe ‘embodied’, or inseparably linked to our physical experiences. Evidence has largely come from the way that we use gestures when explaining ideas, for example, moving our hands up and down to explain the notion of balance. These gestures do not just help listeners’ comprehension; they help the speaker’s own thinking”. Andrew Manches (pg 33)
3) have collaborative learning environment: online discussion forums and infinitely content tools allow teachers and students to work, study and learn together.

References used on my Digital Artifact submission for the course "E-learning and Digital Cultures" #edcmooc

Badmington, Neil (2000) Introduction: approaching posthumanism. Posthumanism. Houndmills; New York: Palgrave.

Bostrom (2005) ‘Transhumanist values’ reproduced from Review of Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 4, May (2005)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

System upgrade: realising the vision for UK education (2012) EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme.

Paintings by Alex Grey. 

Photos by Carline Piva (myself) in India.

Note: To produce this artifact I tried a new tool that I really liked: 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Que tal sexta com yoga?

Dentre as boas resoluções deste Ano da Serpente está a vontade de dedicar minhas sextas-feiras para trabalhar com yoga, no formato de pequenos grupos ou aulas individuais. 

Se você estiver interessado em praticar, mande um e-mail para
Ainda tenho horários disponíveis.

Compartilho um momento super poético da aula desta manhã. Namastê!

Photo by Carli, 22/02/13

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Have we always, sometimes or never been human?" (#edcmooc)

In this great video, Professor Steve Fuller (University of Warwick) invites us to think how “humanity” has been defined since ancient time. Something I've never reflected upon it, I confess. I've taken humanity for granted so far. 

I appreciated this question by the tutors of “E-learning and Digital Culture” course: 
Professor Fuller suggests that we are questioning the very existence of the ‘human’ because we have failed in the humanist project (for example, we are far from achieving racial, gender or class equality): do you believe this?”

Interesting that when I was watching some videos about the “cleanness” and perfection of a modern future, I would ask myself: but how about the poverty? What were the “technological” solutions to be able to extinguish the world's misery? 

I must agree that with so much violence around (collective rape in India, all the religious wars, corruption in Brazil) it's hard to consider we all belong to the same species. Some people do behave worst than animals. Sometimes we're so afraid to be under threat by technology (how we'll become slaves to the machines, for instance), that we forget how sadly we still are slavering each others. 

ONU is claiming one billion people to go to the streets this week to protest against women violence. One good example that we're still working in the humanist project, although we normally choose to invest millions of dollars to develop new (useless) machines or to avoid private economic bankruptcy.

Are they made out of...?
Other video also made me reflect about the “strangeness of being a human”. Some aliens come to Earth and discuss, in a surprise way, how we are made out of.. MEAT!
It's really cool. The humans look so stupid in the video that I feel quite ashamed of them as, in real life, I'm so ashamed of people that have prejudice against black people...

Humans in the digital era (#edcmooc)

Buddha passed all his life insisting that he was a man rather than a God and his search was almost the same as the focus on the #edcmooc this week: “what it is that is most valuable, most precious, most essential about ‘being human’?" Here we are also asking ourselves what is to be human in this digital era, specially under threat by technology? The picture also reflects our busy minds and the overwhelming choices nowadays.

Photo by Carli, Sampa, 15/02/13