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I work as a massage therapist and have been torn between many other passions including philosophy and dance (you can check out my philosophical massage and dance research here: http://www.facebook.com/MassageDance/).
I try to combine my passions whenever I can. That's what I used to do with film and photography and philosophy as an undergraduate. I am still interested in using film and video for social and political purposes, but I feel dancing and massage are what has really helped me on a personal spiritual level.
As for philosophy, I like some of the classics, but most of what I do could just as easily be called psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. I ended up in philosophy because I didn't want to limit myself to one field. I found departments that have given me the freedom to explore any issues I want, dealing with everything from my own personal psychology to broader community concerns.
My long-term research project in Paris investigates controversies and conflict in schools in the banlieue and at how the national institute of health (INSERM) is responding by claiming that behavioral problems in school are genetic
(very similar situation to the U.S.). I am participating in collective debates on the negative effects of these claims about the genetic roots of everything from attention problems to delinquency and have been showing how the culturally sensitive work of hip-hop professionals from stigmatized backgrounds and without psychology degrees often have much more success in reaching out to stigmatized youth than mainstream psychologists and social workers. I try promote greater dialogue about better alternatives to dealing with the situation in the banlieue (I'm a big fan of Latin-American style participatory action research).
Just trying to make my life as meaningful as possible and to avoid getting jaded at all costs.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Think this site is amazing and promote it all the time . Was traveling so much that I went through a long period of only being a guest... but I finally have an apartment and have had many wonderful hosting experiences!
Couchsurfing involves much more than a place to stay. It is a way to constantly unsettle and expand your perception of the world.
That's been my experience : )
philosophy/sociology/psychology, dance, alternative health, cultures and languages
Though I can spend a lot of time just sitting around talking, I'm also very festive and LOVE to dance, especially tango, kizomba, semba, salsa, samba, and forro.
I'm easily entertained and rarely suffer from boredom. If you lock me in a closet I will find many ways to entertain myself.
- social work
Music, Movies, and Books
All sorts of books, but mainly non-fiction since I'm always working on different research projects. Love fiction too so I am always trying to work it into my research as well.
Philosophy books that have most inspired me:
"Ethics of Ambiguity" (Simone de Beauvoir)
"Ressentiment" (Max Scheler)
"The Tragic Sense of Life" (Miguel de Unamuno)
"The Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Life"
"The Phenomenology of Perception" (Merleau-Ponty)
Prefer independent film... anything without a stock plot unless there's some other redeeming value to the film.
All sorts of music. I especially like salsa (I'm 1/2 Puerto-Rican), tango, hip-hop, samba, reggae, reggaetón, cumbia, bachata...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Slept in a a water/wind/debri proof hut in Hawaii that I made with my bare-hands out of a ledge, fallen tree trunks, and palm leaves during a tropical storm I was caught in while hiking by myself.
Teach, Learn, Share
Dance (tango, kizomba, semba... )
How to write research proposals
Social and Political philosophy, Psychology
Alternative Health and massage:
I've learned a ton about massage, stetching, physical therapy (especially for the back), and nutrition due to years of research that ultimately cured my supposedly "chronic" back pain. I am certified in Swedish/Californian, Deep Tissue, Balinese, Ayurvédique, and Thai massage.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, French Guiana, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States