Saturday, 24 September 2011

São Paulo hosts the Philosophy Olympics



São Paulo today hosted the Philosophy Olympics for the first time ever which reminds me of that classic Monty Python sketch.

In fact this one is real, there was pre-Olympic training in which assignments have to be prepared and the qualifiers went through to the Olympics proper. The philsopher "athletes" are all students and represent their respective schools in the competition.

Except, it's not a competition. According to the official website, "As Olimpíadas buscam um clima que pretende ser não de competição, mas de colaboração e de estímulo para o pensamento" which roughly translates as: "The Olympics aim not to create an atmosphere of competiveness rather one of collaboration and thought stimulation"

Rio must be really jealous it only got the non-cerebral international version...

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