Poetry: a vehicle to intercept the polymorphic reality that stands behind rational language

What is the cultural role of poetry? Poets challenge the conception of language as a tool to attribute a unique meaning to each individual aspect of reality. What if we could reinvent a polymorphic language to access a reality that carries multiple meanings at a time? Continue reading “Poetry: a vehicle to intercept the polymorphic reality that stands behind rational language”

Finding the right treatment: the many cures for cancer

Many people believe that there will be a single drug or treatment found by scientists that will cure all kinds of cancer. This is, unfortunately, a quite widespread misconception regarding cancer research. Due to the complexity of the disease, the future of cancer treatment lies in a more targeted and personalised approach. Combined knowledge about the biology of cancer and combined effort from physicians and scientists will be needed to find the best way to treat cancer in the future. Continue reading “Finding the right treatment: the many cures for cancer”

China: a capitalist society with a communist core

Although China is a state founded on a strong communist ideology, its political system has traits resembling those of capitalist states. This article analyses how China reduced its citizens’ poverty and became a world leading powerhouse by adapting its communist ideology to a dynamic political system that enables its ruling class to maintain control over the Chinese society. Continue reading “China: a capitalist society with a communist core”

Digitalization: from the world of bodies to the world of minds

It is undeniable that human civilization is facing a transition from an analogue to a digital world. In this article, we discuss how smartphones are accelerating this transition and the negative impact digitalization might have on the individual relationship with others and with the surrounding living environment. Continue reading “Digitalization: from the world of bodies to the world of minds”

Of heuristics and yetis

Heuristics have a reputation of being a somewhat cheap replacement for true knowledge. However, they do not only form in integral part of human decision making, but also can be shown to outperform complex probabilistic decision tools under certain circumstances. This article tries to give a simple and intuitive introduction into the fascinating world of heuristic thinking, while proposing that humans often act rationally in the real world. Continue reading “Of heuristics and yetis”

Millennials need to be heard by the Italian film industry

millennials need to be heard by the italian film industry

Italy has had a long and very strong history in film dubbing which has yielded some of the best dubbers in the world. This, unfortunately, has led the Italian film industry to indirectly deprive Italians of the possibility to learn another language: it is becoming increasingly difficult for the younger generation to master foreign languages, which would drastically improve their future. Continue reading “Millennials need to be heard by the Italian film industry”

The scientific publishing lobby: why science does not work

Scientific progress is anchored in the way science is communicated to other scientists. Research papers are published through an antiquated system: scientific journals. This system, enforced by the scientific journals’ lobby, enormously slows down the progress of our society. This article analyzes the limitations of the current scientific publishing system, focusing on journals’ interests, their consequences on science and possible solutions to overcome the problem. Continue reading “The scientific publishing lobby: why science does not work”

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, towarda conscionable “reality”? Continue reading “Thoughts on cultural representation: power and resistance”