Vídeo, cor, som, 5min 55seg
Composição musical: André Hencleeday; Re-recording mixer: João Nunes

Speech (translated from Portuguese to English)

The emotional brain is a slow brain, the emotional brain is a brain that comes from millions of years ago, it’s a brain that has certain characteristics of a neuronal system, of chemical measurers that works in a relatively slow time scale, it’s a scale of seconds, sometimes of minutes. The cognitive brain works in a time scale of hundreds of milliseconds, very, very fast. So it’s perfectly possible for us to learn a great deal of facts, or recollect a great deal of images and remember them, manipulate those images in an intelligent way, and at the same time the emotions that should have been fired relatively to certain facts, to certain events, can’t get fired because there’s not time. So, we’re making a separation, a complete divorce between these two brains and that can, actually, be very dangerous. (António Damásio – Grande Entrevista – Rtp1 – 2009)

The criminalization of illicit enrichment, of non-trasparent enrichment, of unexplainable enrichment, seems to me fundamental as a tool to combat corruption. (José Vitor Malheiros –esquerda.net interview – 2011)

To find out how certain brain systems deal with the most diverse social functions, as for instance, moral behaviour, the choices we do in our day-to-day life, the way we make decisions, the way socio-politic systems works, the way that, for example, we have certain beliefs, the way economy works and the way humanities and art work in the broadest sense. (António Damásio – Grande Entrevista – Rtp1 – 2009)

The feeling that it’s useless to denounce to police, that the criminal investigation and the justice system aren’t working and, besides that, it creates the feeling that probably these two systems that are, should be, underpinnings of a democratic society, are also corrupted, that they are instead the pillars of a corrupt system. (José Vitor Malheiros – entrevista da esquerda.net – 2011)

It continues from the point of view of regional organization, of the functioning of many of its systems, it continues to be a mistery. (António Damásio – Grande Entrevista – Rtp1 – 2009)

In public administration and in the political system there are innumerous situations where there isn’t any incompatibility . We see municipal workers that are simultaneously workers in project offices or construction offices, we see deputies that exercise simultaneously advocacy [that are at the same time lawyers], which seems to me absolutely inconceivable, I think you can’t serve two masters at the same time and here, clearly, it’s about two masters. So, defining a system that encompasses all the public administration and all political players, a system that defines incompatibilities, that defines conflicts of interest and incompatibilities, seems absolutely fundamental. However, as it happens regarding records of interest and wealth declarations, etcetera, these incompatibilities shouldn’t be a mere formality. They must be, not only the submission of a declaration that can or can’t be true, that can be actual or outdated. All these mechanisms are mechanisms that can only work if they are in fact scrutinized. And scrutinized by whom? Scrutinized by authorities, scrutinized by media, scrutinized by society at large. (José Vitor Malheiros – entrevista da esquerda.net – 2011)

And the fact that all this is interconnected (related) and that... (António Damásio – Grande Entrevista – Rtp1 – 2009)

Corruption isn’t, ever, under whatever circumstances, not even small corruption, a phenomena of reduction or battling against social inequalities. Corruption is a phenomena of power, corruption is always perpetrated by the powerful and it’s always for the powerful. Corruption isn’t a mechanism to pass on power; it is a mechanism of perpetuation of the power of the powerful. (José Vitor Malheiros – entrevista da esquerda.net – 2011)

Portugal is going to call for external help in order to pay the sovereign debt. (euronews – 2011)

I realized when I was in the Socialist Party and in the Assembly of the Republic, even for instance, I don’t know, in the parliamentary inquiries, I noticed that there were changes in my colleagues, deputies, people of the party, opinions, sometimes sudden and abrupt, that were unexplainable. Someone was standing up for something and all of a sudden the same person was standing for something quite different. (Henrique Neto – Plano Inclinado – SIC Notícias - 2011)

Such as compassion, pride, shame, admiration; they’re extremely curious emotions because, with a possible exception for admiration, they’re emotions that didn’t begin with human beings, they’re emotions that have predecessors in non-human species and it’s very curious to see from where they come, it’s curious to see that these processes had their inception in something else than humans, so, they’re not socio-cultural originated. (António Damásio – Grande Entrevista – Rtp1 – 2009)

I was even extremely sensitized by the economy minister’s idea, the ideia of projecting internationally the Belém’s pastry [Pastel de Belém]. No, because, do you know what’s the advantage of someone seeing Portugal from Vancouver? That’s near the Eskimos, something so far away, that we see the country with a certain detachment. He says we have to go international, what’s the product I can think of? Belém’s pastry [Pastel de Belém]. (Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – Conversas Improváveis – SIC Notícias – 2012)

We know that PPP’s (public-private partnerships) are some kind of a bad deal in 90% of the situations, that if it goes well the private section has profit, if it goes bad the private section also has profit, and this means that hundreds of millions have to be, have been and will be, spent in financial enginnering [to compensate the private companies] (Honório Novo in the Portuguese parliament – 2010)

For a poorer country... F... Forgive me. (José Sócrates – speech – 2007?)

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