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Learning is fundamental in all fields that require some type of theoretical or practical expertise; outdoor activities and extreme sports are not the exception.

Why Study And Live Abroad? - For anyone becoming an exchange student this question may seem preposterous, but it is really important to keep the answer in mind.

Urban Survival And The Lottery - Despite that it might appear unlikely at first, our daily life and our long term survival seem like a lottery.

Creationism, Odds, Biology And Games - Many people without education in mathematics find it hard to understand how odds and probabilities shape our world, and how it is that seemingly impossible things happen.

Science Or Scavenging? - The most extraordinary way to win the lottery - or something like that - is to find a new or valuable fossil from an unknown or barely studied species: A well-preserved dinosaur skull can easily command prices ranging into millions of euros, but that's not necessarily good for science.

How long would it take to turn people into brutes? - If an apocalyptic event takes place, survivors would not only be confronting the immediate dangers caused by the event itself, but also, the result of the destruction of knowledge necessary to reconstruct society. It would be sure to bet on a return to a primordial level of obscurantism if certain measures are not taken.

An Objection To Those Who Object - Whenever something like our Blanco stone maze is revealed, the world is never short of those that begin criticising and to whom only one thing should be objected for the sake of brevity: Their uselessness.

Phoenician Art And Its Meaning - The Phoenician people practically invented commerce as we know it and they made huge fortunes and prosperity by means of trade, but their quest for riches led them to forget about other aspects of the life of a nation, and thus we owe to that mistake the fact that today we barely know anything about them.

The Right Team, The Right Stuff - Choosing the right team to perform any task is a long, often tedious and hard thing to do but the difference between preparation and lack of it is perhaps more evident than anywhere else within a company, army or group of any kind.

Great Idea!... But I am Afraid of It?! - Whenever we think about something great to do then we also feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of our ideas and we ask ourselves how did we get into this? What are going to do? How do we start?

Educate Your Ego Before Educating Others - The way in which life, business and academic requirements are shaped today puts everyone at disadvantage, and some even in jeopardy because these conditioning elements ask too much from uneducated egos.

Brief description of our educational system (I) - A brief description of all distance learning and experiential courses developed by The Gea Org.

In Latin America, Soccer Is More Important Than Human Rights (I) - An essay on the failure of new democracies of Latin America to deliver real results for the people.

Thanks, Climate Change - As I write these lines, a tree is being cut down at home courtesy of climate change.

How to educate natural leaders (I) - A method to identify and educate natural leaders within an organisational framework.

Authority and Power (I) - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

Ethics: Doing Correct Things or Doing Things Correctly - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

A brief pondering on the things waiting for us - Why we should learn from our mistakes in life.

Titles and honours - Something to think about titles, honours and the nature of those bearing them.

Universities - Something to think about the mass production of glorified employees and merchants.

Learning and earning - Something to think about learning and earning.

The best school of priorities - Something to think about the best way to learn how to set your priorities.

Learning on your own - A brief reflection on learning on your own.

Diplomas and resumes - Something to think about the real value of diplomas, resumes and other written credentials.

Harvard University - Something to think about ivy league institutions and the value that we give them.

Credentials and learning - Some ideas about changing our view on exceptionally good and bad people.

Sparking Vocations - Donīt want to see people fail? Want to fight poverty? Then donīt feed it but dedicate yourself to opening minds; show children how to fly, sail in a boat or climb a mountain.

Exams - Something to think about exams.

How To Get Recognition - Something to think about how to get recognition by others.

The Biggest Problem Of Flight Instruction - Some people just love to teach: some become flight instructors after they earn their commercial pilot license and log five hundred hours, and remain as such for the rest of their lives: but for most career-minded pilots, getting certified as flight instructors is just a step on the ladder that leads to the cockpit of an airliner.

Believing in UFOS is more attractive than actually searching for them - There are several ongoing projects and research effort of scientific proportions that pretend to explain some mysteries of our world and universe, but people prefer to believe in things that are easy to understand and offer them more mystique; so people follow UFO pundits instead of SETI radio astronomers and prefer to think that the chupacabras is an alien rather than a relative of house dogs.

A possibility that should not be overlooked in the framework of study of urban survival: Governments may turn against their own people. - It might seem inappropriate, subversive, exaggerated or apocalyptic, but even democratic governments sometimes turn against their own citizens and act in order to persecute them; thus, if you study urban survival techniques you have to at least account for this possibility.

The after-course trap - Courses teach us some things, but the problem of them is that they cannot teach us all, neither can they give us the experience of experts. Thus, we finish all sorts of courses knowing rather little and believing that we know more. This, in the real of outdoor activities is something rather dangerous.

Ecology, Nature and Environment - It knows ecological problems, their possible solutions present and, which is more important, the concrete measures that you can carry out to contribute in the care and the improvement of the relation between the man and the environment that surrounds it.

Science and Technology - Science and technology should not remain as exclusive properties of your government or big corporations. Learn how you can also become a scientist and how you can create your own technology. We do it all the time and now tell you how.

Health / First aid, wilderness emergencies - Outdoor activities always entail some risks to your physical integrity. Learn about the techniques and suitable behaviour for surviving emergencies and disasters.

Science and Technology / Space Exploration an Astronomy - If you can't explore virgin places in our planet, no problem. There is still plenty of room left in outer space, and it does not take NASA to start exploring it.

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Outdoor Activities / Exploration and Expeditions - Whether your interest lies within expeditions and trips or you want to learn about different uncharted places, tricks of the trade and possibilities, start reading this section.

Society / The Editorials Of Desaparecido N.N. - There are some that lust for their fifteen minutes of fame, and then, there are those who dread them and would prefer to stay pretty anonymous; in this section we bring to light some information about people and institutions that like to make life miserable to explorers, travellers and just plain citizens.

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