Boncinelli

Edoardo Boncinelli

Edoardo Boncinelli is an Italian physicist and geneticist. He has devoted himself to studying the genetics and molecular biology of higher animals and of man, and has headed several laboratories of molecular biology of development. He currently teaches Biological Foundations of Knowledge at the Philosophy Department of Milan’s Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He regularly contributes to the scientific journal Le Scienze and to the news daily Corriere della Sera. Following are some of his books: Le forme della vita (Einaudi, 2000); Io sono, tu sei (Mondadori, 2002); Prima lezione di biologia (Laterza, 2007); Come nascono le idee (Laterza, 2008); I nostri geni (Einaudi, 2008); L’etica della vita (2008, Rizzoli); Perché non possiamo non dirci darwinisti (Rizzoli, 2009); Lo scimmione intelligente. Dio, natura e libertà (with Giulio Giorello, Rizzoli, 2009); Mi ritorno in mente. Il corpo, le emozioni, la coscienza (Longanesi, 2010).

Edoardo Boncinelli

Culture as destiny

may sun 30, 2010 - 6.00 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00

Culture, understood as a communal knowledge which constantly develops and renews itself, is man’s calling and destiny, and this is most likely due to biological reasons, although we cannot be sure of this predestination. All living beings make gestures that are more or less connected with survival and reproduction. Man is no different from the others, but includes in his survival strategies consultation and the use of a communal knowledge that is constantly cultivated and increased. In man more than in any other higher animal we can speak of a biological birth and of a cultural birth. In his talk, Professor Boncinelli will try to come up with a justification, if not an explanation, of the time distance between these two births, which is a particularly impressive hallmark of our species.

Edoardo Boncinelli is an Italian physicist and geneticist. He has devoted himself to studying the genetics and molecular biology of higher animals and of man, and has headed several laboratories of molecular biology of development. He currently teaches Biological Foundations of Knowledge at the Philosophy Department of Milan’s Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He regularly contributes to the scientific journal Le Scienze and to the news daily Corriere della Sera. Following are some of his books: Le forme della vita (Einaudi, 2000); Io sono, tu sei (Mondadori, 2002); Prima lezione di biologia (Laterza, 2007); Come nascono le idee (Laterza, 2008); I nostri geni (Einaudi, 2008); L’etica della vita (2008, Rizzoli); Perché non possiamo non dirci darwinisti (Rizzoli, 2009); Lo scimmione intelligente. Dio, natura e libertà (with Giulio Giorello, Rizzoli, 2009); Mi ritorno in mente. Il corpo, le emozioni, la coscienza (Longanesi, 2010).

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Edoardo Boncinelli Stefano Bartezzaghi

Il dono è un nodo, il regalo è una regola

may fri 25, 2012 - 9.30 p.m.
teatro Bolognini - Via del Presto, 5
 admission euro 3.00

Gifts and exchanges are human ceremonials, and their functioning has such has been explained by anthropology. But being human, they are also prone to malfunction—gifts failing to reach their destination, exchanges turning into misunderstandings… all of this is the subject matter of literature, which is a gift of speech in its own right. The readings by the well-known stage and screen actress Anna Bonaiuto, and the puzzles and plays on words by Stefano Bartezzaghi will animate a performance that can be an opportunity to ask oneself about the relationships that gifts help establish and the rules governing the exchange of presents.

Edoardo Boncinelli is an Italian physicist and geneticist. He has devoted himself to studying the genetics and molecular biology of higher animals and of man, and has headed several laboratories of molecular biology of development. He currently teaches Biological Foundations of Knowledge at the Philosophy Department of Milan’s Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. He regularly contributes to the scientific journal Le Scienze and to the news daily Corriere della Sera. Following are some of his books: Le forme della vita (Einaudi, 2000); Io sono, tu sei (Mondadori, 2002); Prima lezione di biologia (Laterza, 2007); Come nascono le idee (Laterza, 2008); I nostri geni (Einaudi, 2008); L’etica della vita (2008, Rizzoli); Perché non possiamo non dirci darwinisti (Rizzoli, 2009); Lo scimmione intelligente. Dio, natura e libertà (with Giulio Giorello, Rizzoli, 2009); Mi ritorno in mente. Il corpo, le emozioni, la coscienza (Longanesi, 2010).

Stefano Bartezzaghi, is an expert of linguistic games, puzzles and their history. Since 2000 he writes a column on puzzles (Lessico e Nuvole) and one on linguistics (Lapsus) in la Repubblica. His books include: L’elmo di don Chisciotte. Contro la mitologia della creatività (i Libri del Festival della Mente, Laterza, 2009); Non se ne può più. Il libro dei tormentoni (Mondadori, 2010); Come dire. Galateo della comunicazione (Mondadori, 2011); L’orizzonte verticale. Invenzione e storia del cruciverba (2007), Scrittori giocatori (2010) and Una telefonata con Primo Levi (Centro Studi Primo Levi, 2012), all for Einaudi; Il falò delle novità. La creatività al tempo dei cellulari intelligenti (Utet, 2013); La ludoteca di Babele. Dal dado ai social network: a che gioco stiamo giocando (Utet, Dialoghi sull’uomo, maggio 2016). 

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