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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Jorge Wagensberg Valerie Jane Morris Goodall won the XXVII Premi Internacional Catalunya this year. It is a perfect occasion to summarise a

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Jorge Wagensberg In the long-lived human culture there have been a handful of especially transcendent ideas. They are ideas that divide history

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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

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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

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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,

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We all feel interdisciplinary thinking is necessary, but very few people actually practise it. It is commonly regarded as productive, but it is always postponed in

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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

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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

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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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[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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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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