Stephen Jay Gould, Pere Alberch and evo-devo

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 […]

Boundaries, foundation, and physics of Babel: the interdisciplinary study of language

If, by ‘Babel’, we mean the set languages that have appeared in the world, we may want to research the ‘boundaries of Babel’ by asking whether the expansion of Babel is prevented (i.e., whether unobserved languages are impossible languages), and, if so, by which factors. The boundaries of Babel are being explored by partnerships of […]

Cultural Diversity

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 […]

Linguistic Diversity, Language Extinction

…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 […]

Biocultural Diversity

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 […]

Knowing what, Knowing how

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 […]