Ramiro Benavides

Teacher - AP Calculus, Universidad Central del Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

About Ramiro

Bio

My name is Ramiro Benavides. I was born in Quito (Ecuador), 42 years ago. I studied Math Engineering with a minor in Computer Systems at National Polytechnic School. Since I left university, I was involved in different kind of activities, ranging from enterpreneurship to teaching and consulting.

By now, I'm working as a Math and Physics teacher / lecturer at Universidad Central del Ecuador at Quito. I'm also in charge of curriculum redesign processes along my own department, and I'm looking for continuing my formal education and training in fields related to E-Learning and Gifted Education.

Languages

English, French, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Math and Science Education, Education & Training, Coach Education, Curriculum Consulting, Curriculum Design and Teaching, Quality Assurance Engineering, E-learning / innovation, Technological Trends, Technologies of personal and social transformation, Scientific Computing (HPC)

An idea worth spreading

Is teaching people how to learn anything and apply it to improve our society. In particular, how to learn to change energy and natural resources consuming patterns. Whatever idea behind turning people more aware about the environment we're living in is worth to spread here and throughout the world. And not only to young people, because we the people are all learners along our lives.

I'm passionate about

Science, Education, Technology, Society, Systemics, Socio-Technical Relationships

Talk to me about

Whatever you are thinking of right now. If you want to exchange a couple of ideas, it will be good to me. For each interesting idea to exchange, we may make a universe of knowledge and friendship.

People don't know I'm good at

Helping people to improve her/his own way of understand the Universe. I'm also good as a quality process certifier, because finding malfunctions over almost any system is as natural as breathing 4 me.

My TED story

I would like to speak about how to teach difficult concepts and ideas in brief and simple words. The world is not as hard to understand, but teachers don't realize their duty has to do with translating huge theories and concepts into simple mind structures, affordable to anyone. Explaining things like on-operation systems, philosophical theories or complex relationships emerging from an evolutive array of interactions are the kind of topics I will be happy to explain to a vaste audience at any location.

Comments & conversations

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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Thanks, again, for opening a broad viewpoint about "revelations". The key here is, as you said: "there are some protection events for some people for some reason. Why? I don't know. There could be an "event" in the mind causing a person to change decisions. What causes a person to take a different flight and be saved because the intended flight crashed without him on board? These kinds of questions are difficult". Almost everybody have realized that an "imminent" event did not happened at all, against all odds, because of a rare kind of force intervened somehow and provoked a tremendous change, which at once much people don't even imagine it was such a great change that has happened. In other words, an event's "wave function" has not collapsed in a "soft" way, as almost everybody were waiting to happen. This is the kind of cause I was trying to say as a "revelation". Now, what causes this "discrete decaying" of an event's "wave function" is the real question to be solved. Another question linked to that one is: why sometimes there exists a "shift" in an event for taking place in one way and not the other? why do people think this is a matter of chance? So, what is "chance"? Why some people are "lucky" and why the rest of the world look at those people as a little suspicious? It's worth to take a look at this questions some time. Thanks, Mark, for putting the question in this "revealing" form.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
I'm still trying to decode your viewpoint. I don't know why your words reminded me of some Buddha's words. Rather, they reminded me of some Buddha's experience. When we was seeking for the Truth, he suddenly found sin, misery, pain and hopelessness. By denying material existence around him, he tried to approach the Truth at no matter which cost. I'm sure he indeed found something very similar to Truth when he progressively was leaving his earthly body. However, this solution was not in the space of material world, but in the space of "living truths". Say, dear Rhona, is it a "valid" experience to seek Truth "here" and find it "out there"? "Valid", in the sense of satisfying a needing here and now, for life is so short and we have to move on! In other sense, is a local truth to say that when someone found a truth it's because she/he was seeking for some true and satisfying. But, in a wide sense, it is not necessarily true, because of, say, a kind of revelation, for instance. This rest as an open question, yes. Thanks for your comment.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Thanks, Mark, for your clever comment. Maybe I have not realized I was talking about that "auto revelation" as you define it. I thought I was talking about a kind of revelation other than this "auto revelation", and maybe different from "epochal revelation". Consider the following case: One friend of me, call him Jack, was waiting for his girlfriend at a corner. Suddenly, another friend Sam passes in front of him, and goes to say hello to Jack. Then, Sam invites Jack to drink a coup of coffee in at a coffee shop nearby. Jack initially refuses Sam's proposal. Then, suddenly, he changes his viewpoint. He doesn't understand why, because he needs to wait for her girlfriend at the corner. Anyway, he has made the decision to take a break. So, he said, "you have 5 minutes to talk with me, 'cause my girl is coming". Seven seconds away from the corner, when they were about to enter the coffee shop, they were looking back at the corner, for a terrible car crash just happened right there: a truck lost their course and it ran over another man who was exactly over the place Jack was waiting for his girlfriend, just seven seconds ago. You may imagine how Jack was feeling in that moment. What happened there? How revelation came to Jack's brain (or heart)? Maybe all of these have to do with "intuition". But it seems to me that this is not exactly the kind of "auto revelation" as we conceived it here. Indeed, revelation is a topic worthy of discussion. Thanks my friend for your contribution.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Thanks, William. That's the way I thought it: A revelation is a kind of "correct alignment of knowledge" in our brains. This alignment depends upon several parameters which are configuring reality near to a crossroad. Well, when we are about to see something happen, it emerges some weird circumstances that results in happening exactly the opposite we were expecting to happen. In cases like these, it seems like "someone" or "something" made the decisions in our behalf. This way, a revelation comes AFTER a difficult situation when it has been solved, and not BEFORE its solution. The great question here is: What was exactly the cause of the "alignment" of circumstances for having rendered the situation as it happened? Can we at least conjecture some properties about this "cause"? Why did it happened this way? I'm not reviewed the "Quantum Philosophy" book. But I think it is a great book, in regard of the world we are living in, which is of a quantum nature as far as it's known by now. Thanks for your comment.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Thanks again, Fritzie. I don't understand quite well when you show those approaches for analyzing scenarios close to crossroads, because I think that those scenarios have not enough information for making a flat and precise decision. Indeed, those scenarios are random and even chaotic. Controlling consequences of the decisions about changing them it's something that, theoretically (read chaos and catastrophe theories), can be done. But, in fact, it's almost impossible to have a controlled scenario of this type. Instead, it's probably you the entity under the control of circumstances. This way, it emerges the paradox of who's the actor and who's the object of the action. That is, who's really making the last decision on this chaotic environment and who will be affected (and how) since the execution of those decisions. This is something that was formerly analyzed by some advanced economic theories, as well as by complexity theory. Thanks again for your collaboration.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Thanks again, Fritzie. One of my favourite fears is what can happen when the road taken leads me to a future event that could be equally attained by some of the rest of roads discarded when I was at the crossroads. Even at a lower cost in pain, time and other resources! During this moment, you realize that maybe the choice taken was not as good as I thought of. So, again, which criteria can show us some guidelines to make "the right thing", not only for today but, more interestingly, for the future? Is it necessary something like a "revelation" for choosing well? For sure, I agree with you that there is no thing more important than what happen at the lifetime's crossroads. Thanks for collaborating with your fine comments.
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Ramiro Benavides
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?
Perfect! You are giving to all of us a true revelation, and I really thank you for that support. Here, the key is how to charge oneself with the vast amount of pain when one knows the decision around will be painful for me and others. Another question here is "reversibility" of actions. One can learn of mistakes as long as the effects provoked by my previous actions have not destroyed the environment which was the object of those mistakes. But if the environment was affected or even destroyed, it is not possible to come back again. Anyway, the virtue of living "in error" is rescued when you were trying to say that living in an "earthly form" is what we have to do. Again, this sounds to me like a real revelation. Thanks again.