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When children become the masters, should parents be the pupils?

The introduction of informatics in everyday life has caused the digital revolution that we currently face. Given its accelerated dynamics, digitalization has led to the co-existence of a native analogue, “old” generation and a native digital, “young” generation. In this context, sons and daughters eventually ended up educating their parents in certain aspects of reality. Are we therefore facing the end of an educational path traditionally based on vertical transmission?

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Macrostory

Robot sex brothels: good or bad?

Two years ago, the first sex doll-based brothel was opened in Spain. At the current time, is the growing fame and success of these brothels something to worry about? Are robot sex workers great tools to replace prostitution, or will they be the cause of further societal damage?

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Microstory

Living with the fear of losing our insurance: the struggles for our daughter in the US

My daughter was born a second-class citizen. Born, with a rare genetic disease, during the run up to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) she entered the world with a preexisting condition. Even with the law, her life hangs in the balance subject to the whims of our insurer. The United States remains the lone developed nation without universal healthcare. Our government is failing us – it is failing her.

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Game of Thrones (GoT) finale and its impact

The fantasy television series Game of Thrones (GoT) has dominated the entertainment world for the last eight years and has been called the greatest show of all time. Many people have been unhappy with the final season and especially the final episode. I would like to reflect on some important aspects of the series and discuss why there is no ‘correct’ ending.

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Macrostory

Interview with Prof. Caroline Wagner: on scientific communication and journals

In June 2019 I had the pleasure of discussing the future of the scientific publication system with Professor Caroline S. Wagner from Ohio State University, an expert in how science and technology are used to decide public policy. Professor Wagner has led a successful career in studying network dynamics within science. I was fortunate enough to discuss many related subjects over the duration of the interview, and I will briefly summarise the main talking points of our discussion.

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Essay

Deconstructing hierarchical societies for a happier life

Modern societies are grounded in pyramidal models, where a tiny portion of the population plays leading roles and the remaining occupy subordinated positions. One of the major ways to maintain such a hierarchy is by adopting systems of comparison to hire personnel or to evaluate students. This approach does not seem to cultivate unique talents. What would happen if we could reconstruct a society in which spontaneous inclinations and human subjectivity are directly brought into play?

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Biology

Herd Immunity: a perspective on Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis

The lack of awareness of Venezuela’s deteriorating public health care system caused by Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis is unprecedented. With the sharp decline of vaccination rates, the country is currently seeing colossal outbreaks of preventable diseases resurface once again, highlighting the importance of herd immunity. If these problems are not addressed soon, the rest of the world might just end up sharing the aftermath of Venezuela’s health crisis. 

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Essay

The loss of desire in the era of consumerism

The current generation of customers seek happiness and self-realization through the possession of an irrational number of products. In this article we will analyze the cultural background of consumerism and we will try to redefine the concept of self-realization as a life-long inner drive that shapes the projects of individual existence.

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Essay

Humanity is a cancer

Cancer cells are characterised by uncontrolled proliferation, the ability to escape cell death, the capacity of “stealing” nutrients from the host, and finally to invade other tissues. Are we humans displaying similar features, in our own dimensional reality? If so, are cancers really a negative feature for the systems they develop within?

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Marx had a negative idea of capitalism. Though – at his time – globalisation could still be seen as a force that brings change in our society by spreading the ideals of a communist revolution. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, what would be Marx’s view on the global capitalism of the 21st century? 

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Thoughts on cultural representation: power and resistance

Thoughts on cultural representation: power and resistance

We often associate power with direct physical power. But power also has to be understood in broader cultural and symbolic terms, including the power to represent someone or something in a certain way. How should we navigate a legacy of established systems of representations, towards a conscionable “reality”?

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India's lowest caste: the untouchables

India’s lowest caste: the untouchables

While travelling through India I came across a social class called “untouchables”. Being the lowest possible class of India’s society, considered outside of the traditional caste system, untouchables are facing widespread problems. Even though several measures have been taken by the government since the ’50s, members of this caste still face discrimination and segregation up until today.

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culturico’s message: our contents

The aim of this blog is to provide the reader with an artistic and yet realistic mosaic of human pictures. Macroscopic events of our society result from a complex combination of individual dreams, ambitions and actions. We aim at providing stories that have humans as their core element, from macro-stories about our multifarious culture – including politics, society and science -, to micro-stories of individual’s hopes, struggles and change.

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