Many researchers assume that the pain animals feel scales with size, or at least that animals are either partially conscious or completely unconscious of the pain they are suffering. But is the idea that pain scales with size actually true? Continue reading “Do humans feel more pain than animals?”
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. Continue reading “Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science”
What is the first sign of human consciousness during childhood? Philosopher Günter Anders pictures the emergence of infant consciousness as a primordial struggle between a child’s identity and the surrounding reality, resulting in manifestations of shame. Anders’ enlightening explanation of this feeling contributes to understanding the inescapable tendency of humans to conform with others. Continue reading “The emergence of infant identity”
What would happen to our culture, if humanity met a global extinction? Experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök opens new horizons for making DNA a durable storage system for our knowledge. Continue reading “A long-term viable way to store poetry”
Randomness shapes events of life on the microscopic and macroscopic level. Though, scientific disciplines struggle to find effective ways of teaching randomness. Modern and alternative approaches that train students to think of random events could pave the way for a new generation of scientists and of human progress. Continue reading “The importance of teaching randomness”
We usually consider the past as an untouchable dimension, where fixed facts are continuously added to build a growing collection of chronological events. The intellectual and poet J. L. Borges challenges this scenario asking his character Pierre Menard to re-write a verbally coincident novel to Cervantes´ Chisciotte. This trivial task – however – turns out to be impossible: can we reproduce the meaning of an original opus considering that the act of its rewriting is inevitably invested by a different historical truth?
Continue reading “The cultural fluidity: is history static or dynamic?”
At the beginning of our history, culture arose as an instrument to face the wildness of nature: every single human used to be a fair representative of our primordial knowledge. Nowadays, because humanity is safe, this original meaning becomes useless. While our civilization is growing so fast, how can we – as individuals – still actively embrace it?