Posts Tagged ‘Bernardo H. Motta’

Dangerous generalizations

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta Ombudsman It’s dark and silent. All I can hear is my little desk fan and the blaring siren screaming in my ear caused by my tinnitus, but it’s mostly dark and silent. I know my radio alarm clock will start yelling NPR news at any moment, but I’m awake. [...]

The time for questions…

Critical Encounters   By: Bernardo H. Motta   Walking in the rain, stepping in water puddles, I see question marks form under my feet. “What are you doing here?” the voice of Dean Carol Scheppard’s question during this year’s opening ceremony echoes in my head. Her voice is not the only one haunting me as [...]

Lonely acts of dissent

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta “Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man. For dissent is [...]


Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta    A young adventurer traveled around the world in search for enlightenment. After a few years, he went to a mountain in the Himalayans following the directions he received from an ascetic in Goa, India. According to the ascetic, the wisest man on Earth was a Zen Master who [...]

Walking towards the edge

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta “Look around and chose your own ground For long you live and high you fly” *”Breathe” – Pink Floyd The eaglet reticently walks towards the edge of the nest. It’s not a baby anymore as it has all the adult feathers it needs for flight, but it has never [...]

The cult of ure

By Bernardo H. Motta “I think, therefore I am; I act, therefore I can.”              Bernardo H. Motta after René Descartes    There is a quote attributed to the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, going around on the Internet, which says “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea.  It’s the person who gets [...]


Critical Encounters By: Bernardo H. Motta “I look inside myself and see my heart is black I see my red door, I must have it painted black Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black” *“Paint it Black” by Mick [...]

Hall of Winds II (Or BC Prometheus)

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta “Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.” *”Frankenstein or Modern Prometheus,” Chapter 20, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. “You are my creator, but I am your master,” the creature said to Victor Frankenstein near the end of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein or Modern Prometheus,” when Victor declines his request [...]

Hall of Winds

Hall of Winds

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta   “It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered as a mystery; yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.” *”Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” chapter 4, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley [...]


Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta Ombudsman “Fitti nel limo, dicon: ‘Tristi fummo ne l’aere dolce che dal sol s’allegra, portando dentro accidioso fummo: or ci attristiam ne la belletta negra’. Quest’inno si gorgoglian ne la strozza, che’ dir nol posson con parola integra.” “Fixed in the mire they say, ‘We sullen were In the [...]

And a cherry on top… of what?

Critical Encounters by Bernardo H. Motta Ombudsman Dozens of clichés populate our common language explaining how the basics are important. You may have heard about “bread and butter” and “back to basics” in many situations to the point of saturation. You, like I did in my teens, might think those to be only one of [...]