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A new Italian word I discovered today and the connections it made in my mind

Today I received an email from a friend and learned a new Italian word: oblatività. In English? Something like: altruism, selflessness, unselfishness. The origin of this word is in the Latin words such as oblativu(m), oblatus which means something like giving without the expectation of… Read More

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Six years of jail to scientists for L’Aquila earthquake. Trial against science?

Six Italian scientists have been found guilty for having given insufficient warning to residents of L’Aquila about the seismic risks they faced ahead of earthquake that hit the city in the night of 6 of April 2009.  The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3 and… Read More

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Is there a moral argument for evidence based policy making?

I am reading Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy. Sandel is a political philosopher who teaches at Harvard. His book (http://amzn.to/MYktlH ) is about the danger associated to the expansion of market economy into areas of society which should not be monetized. Here some examples:… Read More