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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.

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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.

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China

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.

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Essay

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.

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Decision making

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.

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millennials need to be heard by the italian film industry
Italy

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.

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Macrostory

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.

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Thoughts on cultural representation: power and resistance
Essay

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

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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Pasta is healthy

Pasta is generally categorised among unhealthy foods. However, Italians – large consumers of pasta – are among the healthiest populations of the world. This study digs into the properties of this highly caloric food to unveil its potential benefits and to debunk the general misconceptions of pasta-based recipes.

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Vision of reality: the problem of experience in science

Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science

Scientific discovery is grounded in our experience. But is there something about our experience that is not quantifiable? This article explores the history of the debate surrounding the compatibility of lived experience with scientific data. How the different visions of reality presented in these debates are balanced in our culture will affect the very way that life itself is lived and understood.

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Antifragility and response asymmetry

Antifragility and response asymmetry

This article serves as an introduction to a fundamental concept in the philosophy of risk taking: antifragility, which itself can be seen as a special case of response asymmetry. These concepts deal with the question of how to act intelligently in environments that are characterized by low probability, high impact events (so-called Black Swans).

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Is democracy the foundation of resurgent fascism?

Democracy is generally considered to be a form of government that opposes fascism. However, fascism has arisen before, and could arise again in new forms, through democratic processes. Is democracy really the ideal instrument to counter the current rise of right-wing political groups in western societies?

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