No se pierdan: Mañana conferencia #TEDxUFM en streaming


Mañana es el gran día y el “elenco” está de maravilla.

Aunque no en este orden, hablarán Michael StrongMagatte WadeJohn ChisholmLuke WilliamsQuinn StewartJosé Raúl González y Grete Pasch. El artista invitado es Julio Dávila.

También habrá contenido de las conferencias pregrabadas de TED y aunque estar allí y verlo desde tu casa tienen ventajas y desventajas distintas, es algo que no hay que perderse de cualquier manera. En el sitio web tedx.ufm.edu estará disponible el canal de streaming el día de mañana.

Aquí hay un video de NM sobre tecnologías disruptivas, uno de los temas de mañana:

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Video de Yuri Gagarin preparándose para el primer vuelo espacial


Para continuar con nuestra celebración del 50 aniversario de la llegada del hombre al espacio les compartimos este video de Yuri Gagarin preparándose para el primer viaje espacial! Happy Yuri’s Night!

Tributo musical a Yuri Gagarin


Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space on April 12, 1961El duo londinense “Guess What” realizó un tributo musical titulado “Yuri Gagarin” para celebrar el 50 aniversario de la llegada del primer hombre al espacio.

El 12 de abril de 1961, Gagarin se convirtió en el primer hombre en llegar al espacio al realizar un viaje orbital de 108 minutos en la nave Vostok 1. Poco menos de un mes más tarde, Alan Shepard abordo del Mercury se convirtió en el segundo astronauta en ir al espacio.  ¡Les compartimos el tributo musical que quedó fenomenal!

Ve el archivo de videos de la Nasa sobre Gagarin: + View Archival Gagarin Video (2 Mb mpeg)

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Nuevo libro “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy” de Ayn Rand


Now in stock! ¡Ya disponible!

Why Businessmen Need Philosophy Why Businessmen Need Philosophy 

by Ayn Rand

En los últimos tres años el gobierno y los medios de comunicación masiva se han encargado de culpar a los “grandes” empresarios por la crisis financiera que llevó a cientos de empresas a la quiebra y dejó sin empleo a millones de personas en los seis continentes.  Los empresarios, innovadores y creativos han sido acusados de su dejar en el desempleo a estas personas y de haber llevado a la quiebra a muchísimas industrias.

Sin embargo, tenemos todas las armas filosóficas y téoricas para defendernos.  Los empresarios creadores, los motores del mundo, somos los únicos que podíamos (y siempre podremos) volver a levantar la economía de nuestros países después de una crisis financiera que fue iniciada por el estado benefactor y el intervencionismo gubernamental.

Sin embargo, realizar la actividad emprendedora y creadora no es algo sencillo y es indispensable saber filosofía.  Cómo es que los hombres de negocios deben estudiar filosofía y para qué les servirá ser filósofos íntegros es lo que Ayn Rand explica en esta fenomenal obra de manera ejemplar.   En la obra, colaboran empresarios y académicos como el CEO del banco BB&T John Allison (Doctor honoris causa por la UFM), la profesora del Ayn Rand Institute Debi Ghate y otros importantes filósofos y hombres de negocios.

La primera edición de esta fabulosa obra fue uno de los pilares filosóficos que inspiraron la creación del Centro de Estudio del Capitalismo y el día de hoy celebramos con mucho agrado la publicación de esta nueva edición.

Si no la han leído, ¡los invitamos a hacerlo y a que luego compartan su opinión con nosotros!

Compra “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy” en la Ayn Rand Bookstore – Softcover; 288 pages: $15.00  en OFERTA $9.95

Compra “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy” en Amazon.com – $15.00 en OFERTA por $8.89

National Geographic videos on Tsunamis and Earthquakes


Here are some videos from NatGeo on the origin and effects of tsunamis and earthquakes.

Video: Tsunami 101

Video: Earthquakes 101

The economics of disaster after devastation in Japan


“Japan will be poorer, for this disaster,” said Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland.

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest automaker, tumbled 7.9 percent after saying it would suspend manufacturing at its domestic plants through Wednesday — a production loss of 40,000 cars. Other manufacturers forced to halt production, such as Sony Corp. and Honda Motor Co., also slumped.

Much has been said in the aftermath of the earthquakes (the biggest with an intensity of 8.9 in the Richter Scale) and tsunami (with waves >10 meter high) that hit Japan last Friday.  First, the headcount of deaths has already reached 10K people and thousands more are still missing.  The first estimates on the economic impact stroked world’s stock markets and the price of petroleum fell in estimations of Japan’s industrial paralysis.

However, some economists would argue that the destruction caused by these natural disasters had something positive at the end of the day. Such is what had previously said Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University that “It may lead to some temporary increments, ironically, to GDP, as a process of rebuilding takes place. In the wake of the earlier Kobe earthquake, Japan actually gained some economic strength” Many other economist believe the same as Mr. Summers and the reason is that an enormous influx of liquidity is to enter Japan’s long stagnant economy.  Already, Japan’s central bank pumped a record $184 billion into money markets and took other measures to protect a teetering economy today, as the Tokyo stock market nose-dived followed the devastating earthquakes and tsunami.  Afterward, large scale reconstruction plans are to start and billions of dollars would be pumped to reconstruct the country.  Overall, this huge reconstruction investments could trigger the recovery of Japan’s economy.

So, is everything going to be better?

Japanese culture and attitudes toward disasters has always been identified with the adjectives “pro activity, benevolence, cooperation and honesty”.  As such, looting has not occurred and reconstruction has started after only 3 days of the disasters.   However, the economy is not going to recover positively from this disasters no matter how much money is pumped into the economy to reconstruct by private companies or public investment.

Why is that the economy will continue suffering?

The destruction of business and public services had been working efficiently under market laws. This means that there is no relation to “creative destruction” and destruction occurred because of natural disasters.  Creative destruction applies only to businesses that were not competitive and as such, disappeared to open new investment in new industries and technologies.  A good example of creative destruction was how American Car Industry should have disappeared after the 2008 financial crisis to allow for more competitive companies (bailouts avoided it causing long term inefficiencies and economic loses to the US).

The reconstruction of Japan will require billions and this would surely ignite the tentacles of governmental interventionists agencies under the fallacy that the earthquake and tsunami were good things for Japan.  Government interventionism always deems disaster good to the system since it allows them pump more taxes and extort more money from private businesses.

Rebuilding Japan will be a hard and difficult work and estimates of the are at up to 15 trillion yen ($183 billion) — about 3 percent of gross domestic product.  Credit Suisse’s Shirakawa said in a report the direct economic losses such as property destruction could total 6 trillion yen ($73 billion) to 7 trillion yen. Indirect losses such as lost production will probably be higher.  The costs of reconstruction are at a high loss for the Japanese people and the rest of humanity.  This historical moment will again open the doors for collectivist ideologies that consider the sacrifice of individual rights to benefit the public good.

Evidence and history has shown that reconstruction and investment is more quickly, effective and has better long term effects if kept private and in respect of individual’s rights.  Lord Acton’s essay “The fallacy of the broken window” is a great example of how destruction is not always positive and of how reconstruction should be organized by a government that respects an individual’s right to his rights and property.  It is now our obligation to remind this to leaders of world governments.

Here’s a great video explaining it,

Video: The broken window fallacy

Imágenes en vivo de los terremotos y tsunami en Japón


El día de hoy viernes, 11 de marzo a las 05:46:23 UTC (02:46:23 PM en el epicentro) tuvo lugar el terremoto más grande de la historia japonesa con una intensidad de 8.9 grados en la escala de Richter.  Este terremoto ha sido seguido por más terremotos y temblores con una intensidad superior a los 5.5 grados y un tsunami ha arrasado con las costas del país.  Alertas de tsunami han llegado a todos los países con costas en el océano Pacífico.

Les compartimos el link a noticieros en vivo sobre los eventos en Japón para que puedan seguir lo que está ocurriendo en este momento en el continente asiático:

Por el momento ha habido 98 eventos telúricos desde el terremoto del día de hoy y en este video pregrabado de YouTube.com pueden ver ya los efectos que ha tenido,

Listado de terremotos más fuertes ocurridos hasta el momento:

MAP 6.1 2011/03/11 08:31:08 37.428 141.200 25.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.5 2011/03/11 08:19:24 36.200 142.000 19.9 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.2 2011/03/11 08:15:41 37.034 144.612 27.8 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.2 2011/03/11 08:12:05 36.606 141.557 19.8 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.5 2011/03/11 08:10:31 36.394 140.631 30.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.9 2011/03/11 08:01:59 37.071 142.734 22.6 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.6 2011/03/11 07:56:16 37.130 142.305 34.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.7 2011/03/11 07:54:45 37.742 141.565 45.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.8 2011/03/11 07:42:55 36.406 141.919 29.9 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.9 2011/03/11 07:38:27 39.250 142.783 29.1 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.1 2011/03/11 07:28:12 36.802 141.911 24.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.1 2011/03/11 07:25:33 37.916 144.621 15.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.3 2011/03/11 07:14:59 36.648 141.811 25.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.9 2011/03/11 07:13:47 36.051 142.347 28.5 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.8 2011/03/11 07:11:00 37.899 142.734 30.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.3 2011/03/11 06:57:15 35.758 140.992 30.2 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.3 2011/03/11 06:48:47 37.993 142.764 22.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 7.1 2011/03/11 06:25:51 38.106 144.553 19.7 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.8 2011/03/11 06:15:40 36.186 141.192 35.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.4 2011/03/11 06:07:22 36.401 141.862 35.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.4 2011/03/11 06:06:11 39.025 142.316 25.1 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 8.9 2011/03/11 05:46:24 38.322 142.369 24.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN