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Species on the Threshold

Species on the Threshold: How Cultural Evolution Changes the Landscapes of Our Life

Emanuele Serrelli spoke on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution at the conference:

La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita

Venerdì, 31 Ottobre 2014
16:30 – 19:30
Mostra d’Oltremare, Arena Flegrea, Napoli (Forum Internazionale delle Culture)

L’importanza di prendere atto che l’evoluzione sia divenuta soprattutto culturale è una delle principali responsabilità della nostra specie che ci vede “sulla soglia” di un cambiamento e di un apprendimento epocali. La cultura ha oggi il compito di attivare la responsabilità individuale e collettiva per essere all’altezza di questo processo di profonda trasformazione.

A cura di Amici della terra club dell’Irpinia associazione ONLUS e Hirpus associazione di promozione sociale. Part of the Series: Passavamo sulla terra leggeri: Culture, Educazione, Sostenibilità.

KeynoteVincenzo Moretti, Sociologo, responsabile della sezione Società Culture e Innovazione alla Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio

RoundtableGiancarlo Blasi, ingegnere, socio di HIRPUS APS (moderator); Giovanni Mastino, fisico, Associazione Amici della Terra Italia; Luca Mori, filosofo, Università di Pisa; Emanuele Serrelli, filosofo della scienza, Università di Milano Bicocca; Giuseppe Bruno, ingegnere, Università di Napoli.

All videos here!!!

Emanuele Serrelli on the relationship between cultural and biological evolution:


2014, Oct 31 (h.16:30-19:30) – Org. Hirpus, Naples, Forum Universale delle Culture: La specie sulla soglia: come l’evoluzione culturale cambia i paesaggi della nostra vita. With V. Moretti, G. Blasi, L. Famiglietti, L. Mori, G. Bruno, R. Filippini. Public conference.

http://www.forumculture.org/event.cfm?id=663

Interviews at the Lisbon Summer School on Evolution

These interviews were conducted at the 2013 International Summer School on Evolution which was organized by the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab in collaboration with Ciência Viva, and held at Ciência Viva’s Pavilion of Knowledge in Lisbon, Portugal.

In the following first video I was interviewed on Philosophy of Biology, the Extended Synthesis, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Niche Construction, Macroevolution, Symbiogenesis and the Gaia Hypothesis and Niche Construction.

In the second video the School teachers were asked to give their definition of evolution: these were Bruce Lieberman, Folmer Bokma, Michael Arnold, Luis Villarreal, Frietson Galis, Ilya Tëmkin, Mónica Tamariz, Marion Blute, Fiona Jordan, Michael Ruse, Derek Turner, Frédéric Bouchard, Emanuele Serrelli and Nathalie Gontier. The AppEEL You Tube channel features full interviews with these and other scholars.

See the post on my and Nathalie’s course: Modeling sociocultural evolution.

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  • John Templeton Foundation
  • Ciência Viva Ciência Viva Knowledge Pavilion
  • Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon
  • Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon
  • University of Lisbon

Dia da evolução em Lisboa

A Evolução diz respeito a todos nós. Em algum momento das nossas vidas, todos nós já nos perguntámos de onde viemos e qual a origem das espécies que nos rodeiam. Como evoluíram os seres humanos? Como surgiram as plantas que estão no nosso jardim? Será que um traço unicamente humano como a linguagem evolui? E por que razão algumas espécies se extinguem, enquanto outras prosperam? Na verdade, como é que a vida de facto evoluiu?
Durante o Dia da Evolução em Lisboa, vamos reunir um conjunto de especialistas nacionais e internacionais que tentarão responder a algumas destas questões, tanto a si como aos seus filhos, numa linguagem simples e acessível.

PROGRAMMA:

16.00 Abertura
Rosalia Vargas, Presidente da Ciência Viva
Nathalie Gontier, Directora do Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab

16.30 Evolução, um panorama geral, e Evolução, vista de perto
Folmer Bokma, O que Podem as Espécies Actuais Dizer-nos Sobre as já Extintas?
Douglas Zook, A Dominância da Simbiose na Biosfera

17.00 A Evolução Humana
Emanuele Serrelli, Ecologia, Biogeografia e Descendência nos Modelos Recentes de Evolução Humana
Larissa Mendoza, O papel da Arte Visual na Evolução Humana

17.30 Intervalo

18.00 A Evolução da Linguagem Humana
Daniel Dor, A Co-evolução da Linguagem e dos seus Falantes
Mónica Tamariz, Como o Computador nos Ajuda a Compreender a Evolução da Linguagem

18.30 Perguntas e Debate
19.00 Fim

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Look for it in the Talks page (with additional links):

2013, Mar 16 (h.4 PM) – Dia da evolução em Lisboa, Cîencia Viva Knowledge Pavillion, Lisboa, Portugal: Ecologia, Biogeografia e Descendência nos Modelos Recentes de Evolução Humana [Sloshing in the bucket: Ecology, Biogeography, and descent in recent Models of Human Evolution]. With Folmer Bokma, Douglas Zook, Larissa Mendoza, Daniel Dor, Mónica Tamariz. Conference.

http://diadaevolucao.fc.ul.pt/?page_id=13

http://youtu.be/OLjTu1mG-CI?t=1h2m41s

The importance of fundamental research for innovation

oggi-coverI am interviewed by Paola Manciagli in the important weekly magazine, Oggi, August 7, 2012, p. 60.

Article title: “Senza i viaggi spaziali non avremmo il mouse”

The idea is that there are many ways, including indirect ones and side-effects, for scientific research to influence our lives. We shouldn’t take technological innovations as the paradigm of scientific research.

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Stefano Zenni – Storia del jazz: una prospettiva globale

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

Storia del jazz: una prospettiva globale. Conferenza con ascolti musicali

Stefano Zenni
Conservatorio di Bologna e New York University

Lunedì 12 marzo 2012, ore 14:30
Auditorium (U12), via Vizzola 5, Milano

zenni-coverAbstract: Il jazz è una musica nata ed evolutasi per effetto dalle migrazioni: di individui (schiavi e liberi), strumenti, stili, idee, libri, supporti tecnologici. Musica geografica, di comunità e culture che si spostano da un continente all’altro o da un quartiere all’altro di una città. La geografia e lo studio delle diaspore ci consentono di comprendere più a fondo le origini molteplici del jazz e le dinamiche che ne hanno consentito una diffusione globale. Con l’ausilio di mappe, cartine e numerosi ascolti, Stefano Zenni ci introduce ad una nuova visione globale del jazz.

Discussant:

  • Fulvio Carmagnola, Università di Milano Bicocca:
  • Paolo Manasse, Università di Bologna:

The seminar is part of the CISEPS project The diffusion of cultural traits, whose goal is to trigger interdiciplinary debates, emphasizing common problems and peculiarities among economics, philosophy, anthropology, geography, history, biology and many more fields. Thinking in terms of cultural traits – i.e., characters depending in some way on social learning – doesn’t imply exhaustion of cultural processes; rather, it means thinking critically to scientific models and metaphors for studying culture.

Voglia di Evoluzione Series

In academic year 2011-2012 Emanuele Serrelli is advisor and chair of the conference series “Voglia di evoluzione” organized by student representatives in the Department of Biology, University of Milan. The series aims to deepen some “hot” topics in contemporary evolutionary biology (EvoDevo, phenotypic plasticity, epigenetics) that are nonetheless rarely explained in normal biology curricula. Authoritative researchers are invited to present their researches and discuss with students. An original aspect is the coupling of animal and plant models, usually confined to being examples of either one or the other phenomenon.

PROGRAMME:

  • Evo-Devo, or evolutionary developmental biology, has been presented by Dott. Giuseppe Fusco and Prof. Alessandro Minelli (Università degli Studi di Padova) and Dott. Fabio Fornara dell’Università degli Studi di Milano (November 23, 2011). Video available on Youtube.
  • Phenotypic plasticity, or the property of a genotype to give rise to different phenotypes in varying environmental conditions, has been exposed by Dott. Walter Salzburger (University of Basilea) and Dott. Marco Caccianiga (Università degli Studi di Milano) (January 26, 2012). Video available on Youtube.
  • Epigenetics or “weak inheritance” (or, the heritability of phenotypic modifications) has been presented by Prof. Marcello Buiatti (Università degli Studi di Firenze) (April 17, 2012).

The series ended with a roundtable with Prof. Marco Ferraguti (Università degli Studi di Milano), Prof.ssa Eva Jablonka (University of Tel Aviv) and Prof. Telmo Pievani (Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca) (May 17, 2012) on “Evolution in 4 dimensions” and the extension of the Modern Synthesis. Article and video on Pikaia.

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Perspectives on the evolution of evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?

CISEPS – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences

PRIN 2007 “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems and the Scientific Method”

“Riccardo Massa” Department of  Human Sciences Sciences

University of Milano Bicocca

Perspectives on the evolution of evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?

Workshop with:

  • Keynote speaker: Gerd B. Müller Professor for Zoology, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna; Chairman of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg
  • Discussant: Giuseppe Fusco Professor of Zoology, Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Discussant: Maurizio Casiraghi Researcher of Zoology, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
  • Discussant: Luigino Bruni Professor of Political Economics, Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Milano Bicocca; CISEPS
  • Chair: Telmo Pievani Professor of Philosophy of Science, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca; national coordinator of the Research Program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”
  • Chair: Emanuele Serrelli Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca; Researcher in the Research Program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 h 9.30-12.30
Auditorium – Building U12 – Via Vizzola 5, Milano

The roundtable will put into discussion a particular perspective on todayʼs evolutionary biology, that is the persuasion that a growing body of discoveries and fields of studies is demanding an extension of the Modern Synthesis (MS), which was realized in the 1930s and 1940s around the development of population genetics. Massimo Pigliucci, one of the main advocates of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES), lamented in 2007 that for many evolutionsists «the MS provides the framework for current and future evolutionary biology, with no need to revisit the fundamentals», despite many novelties such as evolvability, phenotypic plasticity, epigenetic inheritance, complexity theory and more, which were unknown at the time of MS. On the other hand, there is a more “continuist” perspective that sees evolutionary theory as already grown, although perhaps in ways different from the establishment of a new synthesis. Furthermore, some researchers are not yet persuaded that the the newly described phenomena have sufficient relevance and empirical support to justify a broad theoretical revision. There are also, although lying completely outside the scientific field of evolutionary biology, perspectives that see the same biological mechanisms as symptoms of the need for an entirely new theory to supplant the neo-Darwinian synthesis (e.g. Fodor & Piattelli Palmarini, 2010). We invited Gerd B. Müller, editor with Massimo Pigliucci of the book Evolution: The Extended Synthesis (MIT Press, 2010) and author of an essay on “Epigenetic Innovation” therein, to present the open project of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. Different perspectives will surely emerge and interact thanks to the discussion with two affirmed Italian biologists with an interest in the theoretical reflection on the development of evolutionary theory: Giuseppe Fusco and Maurizio Casiraghi. Economist and CISEPS member Luigino Bruni will bring the debate on suggestions and possible implications for evolution-inspired modeling of social and cultural processes: a field which is more and more known as “cultural evolution”, although still in need of much conceptual development. Moderators of the roundtable will be Telmo Pievani and Emanuele Serrelli who will present and put into productive discussion the results of the biennial research program “The Adaptive Behaviour of Biological Systems”, co-funded by the Italian Ministero dellʼIstruzione, dellʼUniversità e della Ricerca Scientifica (framework PRIN 2007).

Gerd Müller’s keynote address

Giuseppe Fusco’s commentary

Maurizio Casiraghi’s commentary

Luigino Bruni’s commentary

Italian Videos on Evolution

From 2009 to 2013 I was the referring person for the YouTube channel of Pikaia – Il portale dell’evoluzione, the most important evolutionary web portal for an Italian audience. Not only was my task to cut, convert and upload videos of Darwin Days from a multiplicity of formats, I also made interviews and original videos, from shoot to editing and finalization.

Here are some of the products I am most proud of. All the others can be found on PikaiaChannel. Most of them are organized in Playlists.

Darwin 1809-2009: la Mostra Internazionale su Pikaia (parte 1):

Rudy Costa – Cronobiologia – Le Interviste di Pikaia:

Luis Ronse de Craene – Evolution of flowers – Evolution Day 2012 (synthesis on Pikaia):

Cristina Menta – Suolo in evoluzione – Evolution Day 2012 (synthesis on Pikaia):

Peter Stevens – I paradossi della coevoluzione piante-insetti – Evolution Day 2012 (synthesis on Pikaia):