Reading & Science

Johannes Gensfleisch on the Gutenberg shop, or just Johannes Gutenberg, played a key role in spreading the practice of silent reading in the 15th century. The development of a mechanical system provided a great revolution in material printing.
for reading. This feat opened the doors to the advancement of knowledge-based science and, above all, the mass dissemination of knowledge..

At the heart of the various postgraduate programs (PPGs), the advancement of science and dissemination of knowledge are fundamental points for the development of society.

from latin, Reading and Science can be translated into reading and science. This space is dedicated to the dissemination of literary material, scientific and non-technical, which brings reading suggestions to the general public that go beyond the scope of the research developed in our PPG. Every month, two suggestions are presented with a short discussion about the content of each work.

It is hoped that the suggestions presented in this space will give wings to the imagination and be a spark of transformation not only in scientific research, but for people to see the world as it could be and not as it really is.

Happy reading to all!!

The matter with things

O professor McGilchrist (Oxford) is a neuroscientist and this work took ten years to complete. Considered by many the most important book of that decade with enormous contributions to science and especially philosophy. The questions raised by him are fundamental and require a great deal of attention from the reader.. The world is essentially inert and mechanical – nothing but a collection of things for us to use? Are we just chance's playthings, involved in a war of all against all? Because, in fact, we are bent on destroying everything that is valuable to us? In this historic new book, Iain McGilchrist tackles some of the oldest and most difficult questions facing humanity – issues that, however, have a practical urgency for all of us today. Who are we? what is the world? How can we understand consciousness, school subjects, the space and time? The cosmos is without purpose or value? Can we really neglect the sacred and the divine?

The bonobo and the atheist

For many years, de Waal watched chimpanzees calm distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he offers fascinating new evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cement the case for the biological origins of human justice.. Weaving vivid tales from the animal kingdom with thoughtful philosophical analysis, De Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our connection to animals.. By doing this, de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work for our understanding of modern religion. Whatever the role of religious moral imperatives, he sees it as a “newly-arrived Johnny” role that came about only as an addition to our natural instincts for cooperation and empathy. But, contrary to the dogmatic New Atheist of his book title, de Waal does not despise religion itself. Instead, it builds on the long tradition of humanism exemplified by the painter Hieronymus Bosch and asks thoughtful readers to consider these issues from a positive perspective: what paper, if there is, what religion plays for a society that works well today? And where believers and non-believers alike can find inspiration to lead a good life? Rich in cultural references and anecdotes of primate behavior, The Bonobo and the Atheist engagingly builds a unique argument based on evolutionary biology and moral philosophy. Always a pioneering thinker, de Waal offers an encouraging and inclusive new perspective on human nature and our struggle to find purpose in our lives..

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