Coronavirus, a chance to walk on the other side

When the whole world was looking at Italy with worry, the virus was spreading everywhere else. This is because that worry wasn’t always “genuine”, but more often led by a stereotypical consideration of Italy, (one of) the“open flank” of Europe. With all the lack of controls and weak structures… (allusion by some news from England), being the country of disorganization and slowness “par excellence” (tacit from some French news). And this attitude came also from our debate. Is this disturbing? Yes, because it doesn’t tell the whole story…

Il pipistrello non è “untore”, ma “antivirus”

Che fossero visti come demoni, divinità o supereroi, i pipistrelli non sono mai stati considerati con indifferenza. E anche l’approccio puramente scientifico (a volte antropocentrico) non li valuta neutrali. Per l’utilità nello sviluppo dell’agricoltura, essendo in grado di impollinare anche a grandi distanze, per la difesa dalle zanzare (possono mangiarne anche un migliaio a notte), ora anche come “antivirus” naturale. Ma, giustamente, alle sue condizioni…

Nouri Bouzid, facing any taboo in the Arab world

“In our tradition there is a strange reversal of roles, where the rapist is proud and the victim must be ashamed”. I remember once, when I returned to my city in Sfax, I met my brother and other friends and acquaintances playing cards in a bar. I joined them, and I recognized someone who had been a rapist when we were younger, even though he was a few years older than me. Well, at a certain point he said to me, and repeated it several times, without anyone reacting in any way: “if I had raped you as a young man, you would not have had the courage to open your mouth now”…

When Allah became a man (according the Nation of Gods and Earths)

Idolatry is the first sin for Islam, whoever commits that can’t even define himself a real Muslim. Representation of the deity is strictly forbidden, because his morphology can’t be known: none can perceive it, only imagine it, risking to have a misleading idea. Plus, that would make lose the sense of a mystical mystery. But there is a less known branch of Western Islam which actually gave flesh and humanized Allah…

Nuovi media, vecchie criticità

howard beale, protagonista di Network

Siamo abituati a pensare che internet prima e i social network poi abbiano rivoluzionato e democratizzato il mondo dell’intrattenimento e dell’informazione, rendendo obsoleto ogni altro media antecedente. Ovviamente non è così, non del tutto almeno. Perché se il mezzo è certamente più rapido e capillare, le dinamiche alle spalle sono grosso modo sempre le stesse…

The mad (female) scientist

Thinking about great women scientists, in these hours, we especially have in mind Katherine Johnson, the woman who brought the man on the moon, recently deceased at the age of 101, and Ilaria Capua, well-known virologist that absolves Italy from its brand new “infective stereotype”…

Se il farmaco è un essere vivente

“È l’alba di una nuova epoca medica”. Dai classici farmaci chimici stiamo passando a quelli “bioviventi” che hanno costi ancora esorbitanti, ma un’efficacia sempre più comprovata e diffusa. L’obiettivo è renderli presto una terapia accessibile a tutti che possa curare la maggior parte delle malattie più insidiose che l’uomo conosce…