Archive for November, 2011

In the city of Lisbon, Portugal, the New Acropolis Cultural Association celebrated World Philosophy Day with a conference entitled “Philosophy and a new vision of peace”.

The event was attended by personalities from the world of Portuguese culture such as José Carlos Fernández, writer and Director of the Sacred Mathematics and Geometry Circle of Lima de Freitas; Paulo Loução, writer and Director of Esquilo Publishers; and José Patrão, researcher and Martial Arts Master.

The speakers presented the different perspectives that philosophy can provide on such a difficult and necessary topic as peace. Those attending also had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Talal Husseini, Director of the Bodhidharma Institute of Philosophical Martial Arts and author of the bestseller Paz Guerreira, who took part in the event by video link from Brazil.

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Jointly organized by the UNESCO Association for Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue in Malaga and the International Philosophical Organization New Acropolis in Spain, the “National Congress on Ancient Philosophy and Modern Science” was supported by the Malaga Provincial Council, as well as by several institutions and associations, and was attended by a large and interested audience.

The wide-ranging program consisted on the one hand of the conference of 19 November which brought together six distinguished speakers in the city of Malaga; and on the other hand a range of events and lectures taking place all over Spain throughout the month of November.

The presentations of the six guest speakers were full of varied and interesting content. They highlighted the increasingly frequent “coming together” of the wisdom that we are recovering from antiquity and the new approaches and discoveries of science.

The participants and their presentations in order of appearance were:

“From Mother Goddess to Gaia Hypothesis”. Manuel José Ruiz Torres, PhD in Biology. Winner of the Environmental Research Prize. President of the Hermes Institute in Spain.

“Buddhist cosmology, the big bang and the creation of the universe”. Peter Gómez, specialist in Tibetan Buddhism, Director of the Karma Guen Buddhist center.

“Scientific modernity of the Greek philosophers”. Serafín Pazo, PhD and Professor of Pharmacy and Chemistry.

“Science and neuroscience in the light of meditation”. Gabriel Aguilera, Professor of UMA School of Computer Engineering. Meditation and Yoga teacher.

“Medicine for the body and the soul”. Dr. Juan Martín Carpio, specialist in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Writer and researcher on the medical traditions of Ancient Egypt.

“The secret code of Nature: divine geometry”. Jaime Buhigas Tallón, architect, author of the book Divine Geometry.

The congress was co-ordinated by Miguel Ángel Padilla (on the left in the photograph), philosopher and Director of the International Philosophical Organization New Acropolis in Malaga.

At this Philosophy and Science congress we have been able to see that we are all philosophers, once we discover within ourselves a desire to know and to give meaning to what we see and experience; as soon as we feel the need to combine thought, feeling and action in a life full of meaning.

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Día Mundial de la FilosofíaThe International Philosophical Organization New Acropolis has recently launched a website dedicated to World Philosophy Day. The site is available in English and Spanish, although some articles will also appear in other languages, such as French or Portuguese.
This website features information about some of the events organized by New Acropolis around the world in celebration of World Philosophy Day, which is an initiative of UNESCO that has been taking place on the third Thursday of November each year since 2002.
Since a significant part of OINA’s educational programs are dedicated to the promotion of philosophy, it was natural that from the outset our organization would organize hundreds of activities in celebration of philosophy as a way of life, an enriching element for all human activity.

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Third Saturday of Citizenship
Actividad Del Sábado de La Ciudadanía en FlorianópolisThe third Day of services to the community, offered free of charge by around 150 volunteers, was held with the involvement of many different institutions. The event was organized by New Acropolis in Florianopolis, in association with:

  • OAB Cidadã (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil)
  • GEA Volunteering Group
  • Escuela Básica Municipal Barista Pereira
  • Santa Catarina Military Police
  • State Traffic Police
  • Centro de Valorização da vida (CVV)
  • Compañía Catarinense de aguas y saneamiento (CASAN)
  • Instituto Catarinense Mais Saúde
  • Universidad do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI)
  • Projeto Amor sobre Rodas
  • Cámara municipal de Vereadores de Florianópolis
  • Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina (IFSC) and Maximus Academia.

From 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., participants were able to receive the following services:

  • Medical care: dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage, blood pressure, psychological care and phono-audiology
  • Legal advice in the areas of criminal, employment, civil and family law
  • Water quality checks and advice
  • Health presentation by the Instituto Catarinense
  • Advice on personal finances
  • Haircuts
  • Classes in makeup and painting
  • Climbing wall, distribution of balls and online games
  • Road safety instruction by the State Traffic PoliceFirst aid training; fire prevention; civil protection and response to natural disasters

Actividad Del Sábado de La Ciudadanía en FlorianópolisActividad Del Sábado de La Ciudadanía en Florianópolis

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Volunteers from the Belo Horizonte branch of New Acropolis helped out for a few hours by providing cooked and pre-cooked meals to destitute people in the city. They also tried to give a little warmth and hope…
Actividad de ayuda humanitaria en Belo Horizonte Actividad de ayuda humanitaria en Belo Horizonte

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The three branches of Porto Alegre are now joined in a single premises. The flagship building is located in the historic center of the city, the Plaza de la Matriz. More space, more classrooms, in short, better conditions for carrying out all the projects in which New Acropolis is involved.
Nueva Sede de Nueva Acropolis Porto Alegre

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