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Science, Reality and the Consciousness. A Socratic Dialogue By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Written as a Socratic dialogue between a lecturer and a student, this text presents, in a non-technical style, some elements for an operational description of reality. Following a brief... More > introductory discussion about the main characterizing ingredients of a scientific approach to reality, the reader is introduced to a number of important, but unexpectedly puzzling, concepts, which are at the roots of our scientific language. More specifically, using a number of simple examples, the dialogue explores the meaning of concepts such as: experimental test, property, attribute, actuality and potentiality, entity, state, certainty, identity, evolution, classical and quantum probabilities, energy, space and non-locality, separation, existence, possibility, personal reality and personal experience, creation and discovery, time, change and permanence, structure and complexity, distinction and connection, and many others as well.< Less
What weighs more: 1 kg of iron or 1 kg of feathers? By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Once, when I was still a child, my father asked me: “Which weighs more: 1 kilo of iron or 1 kilo of feathers?” I remember that sure of myself I answered him quickly: “Surely 1 kilo... More > of iron weighs more, dad, because metal things, like the armor of medieval knights, are very heavy, while the feathers that decorate birds’ wings are very light”. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I heard him say: “No my son, that’s wrong: they weigh the same, because 1 kilo is always 1 kilo!” Maybe because of the evening trick questions from my dad, when I grew up I decided to become a physicist, and to my big surprise I discovered that I was right when I was a child. Indeed: On the Earth, even if only by a little, 1 kilo of iron weighs more than 1 kilo of feathers! Don’t worry, the sawdust that I have in my head has not caught on fire! But I hope that I have made you curious and that now you will want to come hunting with me for this strange and heavy mistake.< Less
What weighs more: 1 kg of iron or 1 kg of feathers? By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Once, when I was still a child, my father asked me: “Which weighs more: 1 kilo of iron or 1 kilo of feathers?” I remember that sure of myself I answered him quickly: “Surely 1 kilo... More > of iron weighs more, dad, because metal things, like the armor of medieval knights, are very heavy, while the feathers that decorate birds’ wings are very light”. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I heard him say: “No my son, that’s wrong: they weigh the same, because 1 kilo is always 1 kilo!” Maybe because of the evening trick questions from my dad, when I grew up I decided to become a physicist, and to my big surprise I discovered that I was right when I was a child. Indeed: On the Earth, even if only by a little, 1 kilo of iron weighs more than 1 kilo of feathers! Don’t worry, the sawdust that I have in my head has not caught on fire! But I hope that I have made you curious and that now you will want to come hunting with me for this strange and heavy mistake.< Less
Fragments of a rebirth By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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In a house by the edge of a lake, there lived a man. A man who spent his days looking at the sky. A man whose soul was always that of a child. The roof of his house seemed to play with the roofs of... More > his neighbors houses, like in a mysterious forest. He often thought of his true home, but didn’t know where to look for it. So he dreamed. He dreamed of the immense sky and the timid and majestic stars. At that time of dreaming, gently, he began to remember… when he was still a baby in the great mothers’ womb.< Less
Science, Reality and the Consciousness: A Socratic Dialogue By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Written as a Socratic dialogue between a lecturer and a student, this text presents, in a non-technical style, some elements for an operational description of reality. Following a brief... More > introductory discussion about the main characterizing ingredients of a scientific approach to reality, the reader is introduced to a number of important, but unexpectedly puzzling, concepts, which are at the roots of our scientific language. More specifically, using a number of simple examples, the dialogue explores the meaning of concepts such as: experimental test, property, attribute, actuality and potentiality, entity, state, certainty, identity, evolution, classical and quantum probabilities, energy, space and non-locality, separation, existence, possibility, personal reality and personal experience, creation and discovery, time, change and permanence, structure and complexity, distinction and connection, and many others as well.< Less
Talking about reality By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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A mentor and his pupil question themselves about the nature of their relationship with reality, emphasizing the human tendency to negate what-is, thus creating the sense of impotence and the... More > existential misery. This brings them to explore what seems to be the only method to follow to improve such a condition and make the sad evolutionary mechanism of suffering obsolete; a method of a critical nature, scientific, which is based on the powerful mechanism of the mirror reality; because when we look out we mostly see in, when we see reality, we are mostly seeing our theories of reality.< Less
Dialogue of two hearts By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Six stories that open our minds and hearts, for adults of all ages. The Sea is a deep thought: a little boy with long golden hair asks the immense Sea to tell him the secret of Life. The Wolf and the... More > Duck: an intense and uncommon dialogue between a strange wolf and a courageous duck. Rolfy and the big forest: an adorable little brown bear, lives the discovery of the patterns of life through the eyes of nature and its multiple aspects. The Frog Prince: The meeting of two souls that for love lose themselves in the darkness of the world, and again for love find their way back home. The corner of the eye: a girl, victim of deceit by a moneylender, and a noble knight, put under the judgment of an ancient law. Psychospores: aliens land on the Earth and promise solutions to all of humanity’s problems.< Less
Talking about reality By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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A mentor and his pupil question themselves about the nature of their relationship with reality, emphasizing the human tendency to negate what-is, thus creating the sense of impotence and the... More > existential misery. This brings them to explore what seems to be the only method to follow to improve such a condition and make the sad evolutionary mechanism of suffering obsolete; a method of a critical nature, scientific, which is based on the powerful mechanism of the mirror reality; because when we look out we mostly see in, when we see reality, we are mostly seeing our theories of reality.< Less
Pesa di più: 1 kg di ferro o 1 kg di piume? By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Una volta, quando ero ancora un bambino, mio padre mi chiese: “Pesa di più 1 chilo di ferro o 1 chilo di piume?” Mi ricordo che sicuro del fatto mio subito mi affrettai a... More > rispondergli: “Sicuramente pesa di più 1 chilo di ferro papà, perché le cose di metallo, come le corazze dei guerrieri medievali, sono molto pesanti, mentre le piume che ornano le ali degli uccelli sono molto leggere!” Non vi dico la delusione quando mi sentii rispondere: “No tesoro, sbagliato: pesano uguale, perché 1 chilo è sempre 1 chilo!” Forse a causa degli ingannelli serali di mio padre, da grande decisi di diventare un fisico, e a mia grande sorpresa scoprii che da bambino avevo ragione io. Infatti: Sulla Terra, seppur di poco, 1 chilo di ferro pesa di più di 1 chilo di piume! Non preoccupatevi, non mi ha preso fuoco la segatura che ho in testa! Spero però di avervi incuriosito e che ora vorrete venire a caccia con me di questo strano e pesante errore. (Per lettori di ogni età e peso!)< Less
Pesa di più: 1 kg di ferro o 1 kg di piume? By Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi
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Una volta, quando ero ancora un bambino, mio padre mi chiese: “Pesa di più 1 chilo di ferro o 1 chilo di piume?” Mi ricordo che sicuro del fatto mio subito mi affrettai a... More > rispondergli: “Sicuramente pesa di più 1 chilo di ferro papà, perché le cose di metallo, come le corazze dei guerrieri medievali, sono molto pesanti, mentre le piume che ornano le ali degli uccelli sono molto leggere!” Non vi dico la delusione quando mi sentii rispondere: “No tesoro, sbagliato: pesano uguale, perché 1 chilo è sempre 1 chilo!” Forse a causa degli ingannelli serali di mio padre, da grande decisi di diventare un fisico, e a mia grande sorpresa scoprii che da bambino avevo ragione io. Infatti: Sulla Terra, seppur di poco, 1 chilo di ferro pesa di più di 1 chilo di piume! Non preoccupatevi, non mi ha preso fuoco la segatura che ho in testa! Spero però di avervi incuriosito e che ora vorrete venire a caccia con me di questo strano e pesante errore. (Per lettori di ogni età e peso!)< Less