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Luc Steels: “Science is a cultural activity, it’s like arts: it gives us insights into the world”

Luc Steels: “Science is a cultural activity, it’s like arts: it gives us insights into the world”

La versión traducida al castellano de esta entrevista está disponible en nuestra revista impresa dedicada al pecado #JD13 Defining Luc Steels (Belsele, 1952) simply as a scientist, would be way to poor when we are describing a huge-experienced Belgian linguist who likes art —he wrote an opera and a theater play, besides doing some performances in his youth—, and went to the US […]

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The art of the blowjob

Those who start reading this article looking for some magical and infallible trick to please the sexual desires of their lover will be disappointed with what I am going to tell them. There is no magic button, no position or a movement of the tongue in three simple steps that will guarantee an orgasm of stellar dimensions. In real life, […]

Charles Taylor: «The Muslims sense raises of rejection, and that’s exactly what the ISIS recruiters want to see happening»

Charles Taylor: «The Muslims sense raises of rejection, and that’s exactly what the ISIS recruiters want to see happening»

(Versión en castellano aquí) It would be an understatement to introduce Charles Taylor (Montreal, 1931) just as a philosopher. And that’s because this Canadian thinker has moved like a fish swimming in a stream between History, Philosophy, Politics and even Psychology, and in all these fields has made relevant contributions. Taylor declares himself a supporter of Quebec’s own identity within […]

Daniel Dennett: “It’s hard for religious philosophers to get respect from who are themself non-religious philosophers”

Daniel Dennett: “It’s hard for religious philosophers to get respect from who are themself non-religious philosophers”

(Versión en castellano) We meet Daniel Dennett (Boston, 1942) in the hall of the hotel in Barcelona where he is staying for tomorrow’s conference at CCCB, where he will speak about freedom and moral agents. This philosopher of science, renowned for his huge educational work, stands out because of his study of consciousness, intentionality, Darwinism and religion. Because of his […]

Russell’s Turkey and the Death of a Thinker

Russell’s Turkey and the Death of a Thinker

(Versión en español) He was found dead in bed. There he was, like the Little Prince bitten by the snake. Now he is up on his asteroid, watching us with his philosophical irony from that silent and subtle place, tending the rose he loved, the rose of knowledge. His name was Werner Callebaut and I was privileged to have known […]

Academi Cools

Academi Cools

(Spanish version) O tempora, o mores! The academic world simply not what it used to be! One might almost think the end is nigh indeed. Maybe, Reader, you think I’m merely referring to the recent spate of politicians who were found to have plagiarized their doctoral theses (like the German ex Minister, Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph […]

George Pelecanos: «Sometimes violence is necessary, it’s cathartic»

George Pelecanos: «Sometimes violence is necessary, it’s cathartic»

(Versión en español) George Pelecanos is a Greek American author born in 1957. He has written dozens of detective novels, all of them full of redemption, masculinity in the best sense of the term, and codes of honor. They also include basketball and funk, cool cars and lots of morality. Pelecanos is, as almost everybody knows, a TV and cinema […]

Mauritania, the unnecesary poverty

Mauritania, the unnecesary poverty

(Spanish version) Report made with the support of Oxfam Intermón We travel many kilometres across a landscape that could not be more attractive. This is the African Savannah we all have seen in the movies as kids. There is no path to follow; only Orzoway is missing to calm European’s thirst for fantastic adventures. Nalla Gaye laughs and makes us […]

Francis Halzen: “I always advise to my students ‘don’t read too many books, do things!'”

Francis Halzen: “I always advise to my students ‘don’t read too many books, do things!'”

(Versión en español) Francis Halzen looks at you straight in the eye. Arms folded across his chest, an almost ironic smile dangling in his lips, he stands relaxed and self confident, cordial and dignified. But there is something else about this respected theorist, turned spokesperson of the hottest experiment of the year, ICE CUBE, the gigantic neutrino telescope in Antarctica. […]

Ethiopia, water irrigating health and education too

Ethiopia, water irrigating health and education too

(Spanish version) Report made with the support of Oxfam Intermón Sinta, the taxi driver who shows me Addis Ababa from end to end, gestures dismissively when I ask him about the past. “Now we’re fine!”, says with conviction. We meet very early in the morning in order to climb the Entoto Park, from which you can see the whole city. […]