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The narrative encounter: Tales and fairytales and systemic perspective on helping relationships

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A new article on the journal Riflessioni Sistemiche, after the ones on “Visions of change in evolutionary biology and education” (2012) and “Evolutionary Biology: Processes and Patterns” (2011). Serrelli E, Tosini F (2015). L’incontro narrativo: narrazione e fiaba nella relazione d’aiuto a orientamento sistemico. Riflessioni Sistemiche 12 (Jul 2015), “Narrazioni”, pp. 90-102 (online on http://www.aiems.eu). […]

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The right to science education

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A philosophical reflection on science education taking off from the Convention on the Rights of the Child realizes that the right to education cannot but translate also into a right to scientific training. This article aims to deepen this idea and to making it concrete. First, a tradition of thought that poses the nature of […]

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Stephen Jay Gould, Pere Alberch and evo-devo

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Caianiello S, ed. Da Gould a evo-devo. Percorsi storici e teorici. Roma: CNR Edizioni. ISBN 978-88-8080-125-2 You can read the whole book online – OPEN ACCESS! It is the publisher’s policy one year after publication.   Serrelli E (2014). Stephen Jay Gould, Pere Alberch e il modello-orologio dell’eterocronia: incontro e divergenza alle origini di evo-devo. Caianiello […]

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Cultural Diversity

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The reflection on human cultures delivers more and more a critical and complex vision that makes it difficult to imagine ourselves counting, describe or analytically decompose cultures. Bypassing questions like “what is a culture”, “which and how many cultures are there”, and “how important is each culture”, anthropology and ethnography give scientific form to the […]

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Linguistic Diversity, Language Extinction

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…But the tree of languages bears two more messages. The first, universal kinship, reminds that all languages are siblings, close or far relatives, like the peoples who speak them: subgroups with uncertain boundaries in a single, global species. The second, the value of history: every language – like every biological species – is the unique […]

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Biocultural Diversity

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Biodiversity shapes cultural diversity. Culture shapes the environment. But according to the biocultural paradigm of the “inextricable link”, such bidirectional co-determination in fact prevents the analytical distinction of the two. We must, indeed, talk about a unified type of diversity: biocultural diversity. The field aims to conserve, defend rights of indigenous people, and obtain political […]

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Youth in a Foreign Country

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When we enter new contexts, we bring with us a nice suitcase, full of important “pieces” of the places where we have been. This is even more evident in the big passages of life, when all our luggage must be immersed in the new situation and – after some shaking – opened and poured on […]

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The Coral of Life

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Charles Darwin began to draw “trees of life” in 1837 (Notebook B, sheet 26), 22 years before The Origin of Species, as soon as he got back from his voyage around the world on the Beagle. The “great mass of sparse facts” that he had been gathering and thinking for some years had convinced him […]

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Knowing what, Knowing how

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It could be nice, in a writing on the flavours of education, “putting on our plate” the fruit of Actinidia chinensis, a tropical plant from China, recently diffused in New Zealand, and today part of our diet. But this is not the kiwi I want to talk about – and the “flavour” we’ll discover by […]