(English) This article is a review of Brian's Larkin anthropological approach to infrastructures. At first, the conceptual framework is presented. Then two anthropological perspectives, social and subjective, are discussed, leading to the concept of poetics of infrastructure. To conclude, the pros and cons of the approach are made.
(Italiano) Un ragazzo, un materasso, e un anonimo eroe.
(English) This article asks the question if the increased phenomena of amateur porn suggest an end of the intimate sphere or a redefinition of it. By answering the question, the article uses three different perspectives: a historical one, by investigating the history of intimacy. A conceptual, by reflecting on the concepts of intimacy and sharing, and how they interact categorically. And, the third one is by reflecting on the positionality of the body. No final conclusion is given, just an opening as a start of reflection on the topic.
(English) This essay argues that it is ethically justified to sacrifice the good of the few for the good of the most. This is made by presenting and applying two different ethical perspectives, existential risk, and Confucianism, to a hypothetical scenario of space exploration.
(English) This essay suggests that in order to understand global history a change of perspective is needed. The idea that is proposed is not to focus on political and sociological events and then connect them, but rather to analyze the materiality of history, by tracking the geographies of the material elements and how single culture interpret their own temporality
(English) The scientific and industrial revolutions are usually understood as a consequential and progressive events, in which from the former derives the latter. In this perspective, the historical times and geographies of the events are fixed, having as the point of departure Europe. This brief article, by applying a literature review on the subject, argues that the story of the two revolutions is more complex, making it a global story.
(English) This article draws an analogy between language and science arguing that both can be understood as cognitive systems. The idea of the article is to prove that science, as a cognitive process, is strictly a human activity, and because of this, like language, the issue arises not during the logical process but when the process is shared with the other (i.e. society). In favor of this view, the issue of representation is presented. Following, a Wittgensteinian interpretation is made by arguing that science, because its similarities with language, can be conceptualized as a "language game".
(English) This article discusses two different perspectives of technology: the first is Nick Bostrom's transhumanist approach. The second is Lewis Mumford's Megamachine metaphor. The underlined idea regards efficiency: for the first, this is directly related to the efficiency of the body as freedom, for the second, the efficiency of the body is related to the function inside a social megastructure, which seems in contrast to freedom. In order to highlight the difference, the two ideas are applied to the Zombie cell vaccine, a vaccine under development that should contrast aging.
(English) Bordering is a phenomena that has distinguished human species in all his history, but why this? and how this process is related to semantic components and abstract realization? The following article tries to open a discussion.
(English) Think about time, think about how much it impacts you. Think what it is, and think that you can perceive it passing. An event after an event, but you cannot touch it, block it, see it directly. Only the side effects. You can see only the clock, the calendar, the week on your agenda. The numbers, do not exist. Only the clock has the numbers, only the clock sees time, and you can only see the clock. Now stop, and take a look around you. Count how many devices are telling you what time is it. Think of the meanings that those numbers had for all your either life. And now wonder: why?