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Digital Ipseity: Which Identity?

 

Within the next three years, more than seven billion people and businesses will be connected to the Internet. During this time of dramatic increases in access to the Internet, networks have seen an interesting proliferation of systems for digital identity management (i.e. our SPID in Italy). But what is really meant by “digital identity“? All these systems are implemented in order to have the utmost certainty that the data entered by the subscriber (address, name, birth, telephone, email, etc.) is directly coincident with that of the physical person. In other words, data are certified to be “identical” to those of the user; there is a perfect overlap between the digital page and the authentic user certificate: an “idem“, that is, an identity.

This identity is our personal records reflected on the net, nothing more than that. Obviously, this data needs to be appropriately protected from malicious attacks by means of strict privacy rules, as it contains so-called “sensitive” information, but this data itself is not sufficiently interesting for the commercial market, except for statistical purposes on homogeneous population groups. What may be a real goldmine for the “web company” is another type of information: user’s ipseity. It is important to immediately remove the strong semantic ambiguity that weighs on the notion of identity. There are two distinct meanings…

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Creativity Draws on the Deep Well of the Past

 

Octagonal Well in the Cloister of Giuliano da Sangallo, Faculty of Engineering,
Via Eudossiana, Rome

In the tetralogy “Joseph and His Brothers“, Thomas Mann states, “Deep is the well of the past...”. Sometimes this well is bottomless and it may appear far away and passed, yet all of our actions and everyday decisions come to life by its contents. It is the fundamental substrate, the raw material from which to draw the basic connections of our creativity.

The image of the well, used by Thomas Mann, is very significant. In symbolism, the well is the place where you take contact with the deep self and where to get water that gives life. The ancient times remind us of the socializing role of the well, invested with an aura of sacredness, where sharing with others took place. It was…

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The new professionals of the interconnected world

interdisciplinary-learningThere is an empty chair at the conference table of business professionals, a not assigned place that increasingly demands for the presence of a new type of integration manager. The demands for an ever-increasing specialization, imposed by the modern world, are bringing out with great emphasis the need for an interdisciplinary professional who understands the demands of specialists and who is able to coordinate and to link actions and decisions. This need, often still ignored, is a direct result of the growing complexity of the modern world and the fast communications inside the network.

Complexity” is undoubtedly the most suitable paradigm to characterize the historical and social model of today’s world, in which the interactions and connections between the various areas now form an inextricable network of relations. Since the ’60s and’ 70s a large group of scholars – including the chemist Ilya Prigogine and the physicist Murray Gell-Mann – began to study what would become a true Science of Complexity.

Yet this is not an entirely new concept: the term means “composed of several parts connected to each other and dependent on each other“, exactly as reality, nature, society, and the environment around us. A “complex” mode of thought integrates and considers all contexts, interconnections, interrelationships between the different realities as part of the vision.

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The logical contradictions of the Universe

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Is Erwin Schrödinger’s wave function – which did in the atomic and subatomic world an operation altogether similar to the one performed by Newton in the macroscopic world – an objective reality or just a subjective knowledge? Physicists, philosophers and epistemologist have debated at length on this matter. In 1960, theoretical physicist Eugene Wigner has proposed that the observer’s consciousness is the dividing line that triggers the collapse of the wave function[1], and this theory was later taken up and developed in recent years. “The rules of quantum mechanics are correct but there is only one system which may be treated with quantum mechanics, namely the entire material world. There exist external observers which cannot be treated within quantum mechanics, namely human (and perhaps animal) minds, which perform measurements on the brain causing wave function collapse[2].

The English mathematical physicist and philosopher of science Roger Penrose developed the hypothesis called Orch-OR (Orchestrated objective reduction) according to which consciousness originates from processes within neurons, rather than from the connections between neurons (the conventional view). The mechanism is believed to be a quantum physical process called objective reduction which is orchestrated by the molecular structures of the microtubules of brain cells (which constitute the cytoskeleton of the cells themselves). Together with the physician Stuart Hameroff, Penrose has suggested a direct relationship between the quantum vibrations of microtubules and the formation of consciousness.

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Emptiness and Form

 

Being_ParmenidesIn the perennial search of the meaning of life and the fundamental laws that govern nature, man was always faced – for millennia – with the mysterious concept of emptiness. What is emptiness? Does it really exist in nature? Is emptiness the non-being, as theorized by Parmenides?

Until the early years of the last century, technology had not yet been able to equip scientists with the necessary tools to investigate the innermost structure of matter, so the concept of emptiness was always faced with insights and metaphors that led, over the centuries, to a broad philosophical debate.

For the ancient atomist Greek philosophers, the existence of emptiness was not only possible but had become a necessity, becoming the ontological principle for the existence of being: for them, actually, the emptiness that permeates the atoms is what allows movement.

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A – not exactly United – Kingdom

 

Island of Ventotene – Roman harbour

There once was a Kingdom strongly United, built on the honours of the people of Wessex, of Mercia, Northumbria and East Anglia who knew how to deal with the invasion of the Vikings from the east and of Normans from the south, to come to unify the territory under an umbrella of common intents. Today, however, 48% of them, while keeping solid traditions, still know how to look forward to the future, joining horizons and commercial developments along with the rest of Europe. The remaining 52%, however, look back and can not see anything in front of them if not a desire of isolation, breaking the European dream born on the shores of Ventotene island in 1944 by Altiero Spinelli, Ernesto Rossi and Ursula Hirschmann through the “Manifesto for a free and united Europe“. An incurable fracture in the country was born in a referendum on 23 June, in which just over half of the population asked to terminate his marriage to the great European family, bringing the UK back by 43 years of history.

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Analog thinking: the boldness to be creative

 

The binary code, although necessary for major social and technological developments, is annihilating the Homo Technologicus, stifling his innate freedom for analog connections.

Rodin1The first widespread use of the binary code was the Morse code alphabet. For decades, this communication system allowed to transmit information over long distances, between ships in the ocean and the mainland, between one continent and another, and today its use is still active in emergency situations. In its disarming simplicity (connect or interrupt two electrical wires), this system proved to be the shortest way to transcribe an alphabet.

Then, the Boolean algebra (binary) represented the language of communication between humans and computers, enabling the translation of instructions and commands towards the processing unit (microprocessor / CPU). This determined the Big Bang of the computers and the technological era…

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The poetic code

 

As well as the simple reading of a musical score is sufficient to an experienced musician to recognize the most velvety harmonic variations of an orchestral piece, so the apparent coldness of a fragment of program code can stimulate emotions of ecstatic contemplation in the developer.

Don’t be misled by the simplicity of the laconic definition of the code as a sequence of instructions to be given to a computer to solve a specific problem. Generally, a problem has multiple solutions, the most simple and fast to implement, the most economical from the point of view of machine cycles or memory, the elegant solution and the makeshift one.

However, there is always a “poetic” solution, the one that has a particular and unusual beauty and that is always generated by the inexhaustible forge of the human intuition….

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Quantum reflections of a winter evening

Winter Workouts to Keep You Active in Cold Weather

Winter Workouts
Statistics show that in 2017 there were 60.87 million people with membership to a gym.  But the real question is how many people actually use their membership. Estimates show that as many as 80% of new members quit within 5 months. However, a gym membership can make sense if you’re trying to create winter workouts.

Let’s face it, as soon as the temperature starts to drop it can be hard to exercise. It doesn’t matter that the cold can actually help your body to regulate its temperature better; allowing you to work out for longer and harder.The simple fact is that cold weather makes it unappealing to exercise. Add in some rain and your interest will quickly vanish. Check out the latest proven reviews.

But, with the right winter workouts you can still feel motivated to work out and get fitter. You just need to know what the best winter workouts are:

Outdoor Winter Workouts

Getting outside is difficult in cold weather; that’s why you need to undertake an activity that will appeal to you. If you enjoy it, then you’ll find it’s easier to stick to your winter workouts:

Activity 1 – Skiing

winter workouts for menSkiing may not be the first thing you think of, especially if you don’t live near the mountains or an established ski resort. However, you don’t actually need snow to ski! There are plenty of dry ski slopes or artificial slopes that can replicate the experience for you.

The great thing about skiing is that its fun and you can wrap up warm before you start. This will help you to feel motivated to do it.

For one of the best winter workouts focus on cross-country skiing rather than the traditional downhill; you’ll find it works your muscles out harder.

If you’ve got snow but are not sure about skiing, then you can always strap snowshoes on and go for a walk. You’ll be surprised at how much effort that takes.

Activity 2 – Ice Skating

winter workouts for menIce skating is something that can be done all year round on dedicated rinks. Skating is a great cardiovascular sport as it gets your heart racing. At the same time, it will improve your core, balance and lower body strength.

That’s a pretty good workout whether in the winter or summer.

Of course, as winter workouts go you’ll need an icy pond or lake, and you’ll have to be sure that it’s safe to use; this is one fun activity for the whole family that just happens to give all of you a workout. Improve your results with Biotox Gold.

Activity 3 – Hockey

winter workouts for menHockey is a great game for anyone to play; in summer or winter.

In fact, it is in the same league as most other team sports. You’ll be running up and down a pitch for up to 90 minutes; that’s enough to get your heart pumping and build endurance.

The great thing about hockey and other team exercises is that you have the motivation to go in order not to let the team down.

Activity 4 – Dog Walking or Running

winter workouts man walking dogDog walking may not seem as energetic as the other options on this winter workouts list, but the simple fact is that you’re moving your body. Any movement will improve blood flow and help you burn more calories.

It may not be as effective as running for thirty minutes, but it does keep you active; helping you to maintain your fitness. If you have a dog it’s something you have to do anyway; just make sure it’s at least a 30-minute walk.

If you don’t have a dog, you can probably walk a friend’s dog for them. You can even try running with them; just don’t be surprised if you can’t keep up!

Activity 5 – Enter A Race

marathon race winter workouts for menIf your summer workout includes a run or two then consider booking yourself in for a race at the end of the winter.

Training for it cannot be delayed, which will encourage you to get out and run, even when you can think of hundreds of reasons not to go out in the cold.

Indoor Winter Workouts

You may find it easier to work out in the comfort of your own home. This will save you even having to step into the cold. In fact, your biggest problem might actually be staying cool while you exercise.

Activity 1 – Muscle Workout

man jumping in frozen lake winter workoutsAll you need is a little bit of space and a set of dumbbells or even a kettle bell. Take a look at the free 24-minute workout or our muscle building workout to get started.

Research shows that resistance or weight lifting isn’t just good for building muscle, but also has an array of other health benefits.

You don’t even need weights to get a good workout. Consider trying bodyweight exercises like the farmers walk.

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Activity 2 – Indoor Sports

winter workouts men playing basketballYou can join your local zumba or yoga club to get winter workouts. However, you’ll also find that the football team, basketball team, and even the badminton club meet in the winter.

There’s a good chance you can find an indoor sport or at least practice indoors.

Once you sign up, you’ll be committing to a regular workout which resembles a team sport you actually enjoy.

That’s the key; choose something you enjoy and play it. You’ll find it’s a great way to make some new friends as well.

Activity 3 – Swimming

winter workouts man swimmingSwimming is a great fitness activity at any time of the year, but it is exceptionally pleasant to slide into those warm waters when it’s cold outside.

Hitting the pool is a great way to tone muscles, get a cardio workout and have a little fun.

You can even improve your breathing technique in the same way that regular yoga sessions do.

Activity 4 – Rock Climbing

If you’re looking for something a little different then check out the closest rock climbing center to you. Despite the safety ropes, you’ll be testing your mental and physical strength.

In fact, rock climbing will boost your heart rate and can burn as many as 650 calories in a one-hour session. You’ll be working out your arms, legs, back, shoulders and your core!

Activity 5 – Boxing

winter workoutsYou can choose to join a kickboxing class, boxing club or simply hang the bag at home and start punching. Providing you work up a good sweat you will be helping to maintain your fitness.

In fact, if you have a sparring partner, your boxing efforts will focus on dodging, ducking and blocking. This makes your boxing session a cardio workout; just make sure you get the technique right.

The Secret To Staying Active

It can be very easy to give up your exercise program in the colder months, but you don’t have to. The key to successful winter workouts is to choose an activity you enjoy. This may be the free 24-minute workout or it could be taking a dive into your local pool.

Filling old bottles with new wine

 

They are filling old bottles with new wine!” This is what the physicist Werner Heisenberg heard exclaiming by his friend and colleague Wolfgang Pauli who, criticizing the approach of the scientists of the time, believed that they had been forcibly glued the notion of “quantum” on the old theory of the planetary-model of Bohr’s atom. Faced with the huge questions introduced by quantum physics, Pauli instead began to observe the new findings from a different point of view, from a new level of reality without the constraints imposed by previous theories.

Newton himself, once he theorized the law of the gravitational field, failing to place it in any of the physical realities of the time, he merely…

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