Archive for December, 2005

The Power of Feedback in our Life

In our daily life we make use, less or more conscious, of a powerful process called feedback. Feedback is that process by which a system (biological, social, ecological, etc.) maintain and improve its own performance. The system return to the start of an action a part of the information about the action flow and its results. It’s an evaluative and corrective information.

If we begin our actions and activities with some goals in mind then at the finish we will (or should we) compare the results with the goals. In this way we can see if the activity was a success or not, and if we may improve something in order to be a success.

Almost all our activities include trial and error actions. If you don’t know a pattern or an well established path to success, in a certain case, then you’ll resort to trial and error actions. It means you think of a possible solution and try it. If it works then all it’s ok, but if it don’t work you have to try something else. All these are possible through the feedback process. There is a permanent transfer of corrective information between input and output in order to succeed. (more…)

Are Christmas Days more special?!

Every year we make a lot of preparation and buzz for a few days of the year – Christmas Days. We make a lot of shopping: aliments, gifts, Christmas Tree, ornaments, etc. Then we decorate and ornate our houses, Christmas tree, greet each other with “Merry Christmas”, and so on.

As I learnt at axiology classes all things (including days of the year) have no value at all in themselves if we humans don’t put/invest value in them (if we don’t value them). They are “beyond good and bad” as a philosopher once said. All things in themselves are not good or bad, beautiful or ugly, useful or useless but we have the power to see them so. We all are magicians. We may create value there where is no value at all. We can make things be good or bad, useful or useless, look beautiful or ugly.

The same thing happen with Christmas Days, they aren’t more special than others but we see them as being more special. These days are not so highly valued by all peoples. Buddhists, Mussulmans and others don’t see these days as more special. Christmas Days had at the beginning a religious value, Christians believe that nearly two thousand years ago, on 25 December was born the Son of God – Jesus.

Even now, Christmas Days have religious value but only in the background. Many Christians celebrate these days only for the pleasure of celebrating and by habit and not for the sake of Christ. They forgot the feted person and only see the old year out and new year in. (more…)

Why to exercise?

There are two main reasons why people exercise. Most people exercise because they want to lose weight. But there are others who exercise not only for their weight but to improve and maintain their health (both physical and psychological health). It’s well-know that exercising from 30 minutes to an hour every day it’s a sure way to fit your weight and maintain a high level of health. Exercising regularly helps you lose weight, improve your physical & subjective well-being, strengthen your immune system and lowers your risk of : heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Even if we do know this facts, many of us are overweight and unhealthy. Why?

  • we think we are too busy;
  • we aren’t motivated and constant;
  • we don’t think in a preventive/prophylactic way;
  • (more…)