Consider a human collective whose members issue opinions about an event that can only be true of false. Individual reliability is p, ranging between zero and one. It is higher

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Each domain of knowledge has its own language, content and method. They give it character, and whenever a field of knowledge advances, it is thanks to one of them. Language

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Hi ha moltes maneres de divertir-se, però, si es jutja pel calendari de festejos a Espanya, res pot igualar a un excés de morbositat subtilment combinat amb un defecte de compassió.
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Valerie Jane Morris Goodall won the XXVII Premi Internacional Catalunya this year. It is a perfect occasion to summarise a very long story. In 1958, Jane Goodall travelled to Kenya

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In the long-lived human culture there have been a handful of especially transcendent ideas. They are ideas that divide history into two parts. Most of these few big ideas have

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An article published in March 2015 in Science informs of the oldest human fossil. This discovery further fleshes out the place and time of the separation of the Homo genus

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What do a tree, a planet, an annoyance and a promise have in common? Their number: one! Numbers are the abstraction of language that enables us, among other things, to account for

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There was a time when Homo Sapiens coexisted with other species of the same genus such as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo denisova. However all the groups were very small. Today

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Culture, understood as information transmitted via non-genetic means, begins in the animal world when biological evolution is quite advanced. Crows and chimpanzees, for instance, do not only use tools, but

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Few are those who reject interdisciplinary work, though few are also, interestingly, those who practice it. What is a discipline? It is a kind of knowledge, a way of understanding

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[caption id="attachment_14152" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption] We all feel interdisciplinary thinking is necessary, but very few people actually practise it. It is commonly regarded as productive, but it is always

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The sense we have of the world is build up with four dimensions, three of them are spatial and one is temporal. In effect, our brains perceive, through our sensorium,

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Once, to kick off a heated press conference, Henry Kissinger apparently said «I hope that you have the right questions to my answers». Perhaps the sentence

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The history of human coexistence is the history of the freedom of the individuals and the individualities in which they are grouped. Freedom is an idea regarding the I-other pair,

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Science and art are two forms of knowledge. Comparing one with the other is interesting both because of their similarities and their differences. Understanding is looking for what is common among

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[caption id="attachment_1705" align="alignleft" width="200"] © J. Wagensberg[/caption] Some ideas are born and germinate in the mind but remain there, under contemplation, never making it out into the world to be tested.

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Photo: Jorge Wagensberg

[caption id="attachment_25863" align="alignleft" width="200"] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption] Photo: Jorge Wagensberg[/caption]There are three necessary components for creativity of the human mind: to have a good idea, to recognise the idea is good

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Found well

In September of 2011 the 6th Science Centre World Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the participants, among which I was, had the privilege to make a four day visit to Welgevonden Park (meaning found well in Afrikaans).
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