Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? If you don’t know where you’re going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter (16 September 1919 –1990) the Canadian educator and author who coined the term ‘hierarchiology’ as the social science concerned with the basic principles of hierarchically organised… Read More Goals

Stephen Jay Gould and Evolutionary Progress

“The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos” “Each of the major sciences has contributed an essential ingredient in our long retreat from an initial belief in our own cosmic importance. Astronomy… Read More Stephen Jay Gould and Evolutionary Progress

Mary Renault

Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born on this day, 4 September.She was an English-South African writer, best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. The rightness of a thing isn’t determined by the amount of courage it takes. In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe,… Read More Mary Renault


Oggi 31 agosto si celebra la Giornata Internazionale della Solidarietà, che non penso significhi semplicemente dare, ma agire insieme contro le ingiustizie. “Homo sum: nihil humani a me alienum puto” → “Sono un uomo: niente di quel che capita a un uomo lo considero a me estraneo.”(Publio Terenzio) “Le mani che aiutano sono più sante… Read More Solidarietà

Goethe e la conoscenza

“Non si possiede ciò che non si comprende.” “Il dubbio cresce con la conoscenza.” “Niente è più terribile dell’ignoranza in azione.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 agosto 1749-1832) “Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.” “Doubt grows with knowledge.” “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle (dite Coco) Chanel est née le 19 août 1883 à Saumur. 💄“Si vous êtes triste, ajoutez plus de rouge à lèvres et attaquez. Les hommes détestent les pleureuses.”💄“Se sei triste, metti un po’ più di rossetto e vai all’attacco. Gli uomini odiano le donne che piangono.”💄“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men… Read More Coco Chanel

August 17, 1945: George Orwell’s Animal Farm

On 17 August 1945 George Orwell published “Animal Farm” an allegorical novella which has been defined a beast fable, a political allegory, an anti-utopian novel, which made him immediately famous. The original title was “Animal Farm: A Fairy Story”, but U.S. publishers dropped the subtitle when it was republished The Guardian on 24 August 1945 wrote that… Read More August 17, 1945: George Orwell’s Animal Farm