Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

The role of women in Greek Tragedies

Considering the time period and the depiction of women in other Ancient Literature – like the Bible – women in Greek tragedies often take surprising character roles. They are depicted as heroic and powerful. Although most of them still retain … Continue reading

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Learning from the values of indigenous culture

“How we see the world determines how we act,” says this video from the charity First Peoples International, which contrasts the Western mindset and the free market economy with the values and economy of indigenous cultures. In many ways, what … Continue reading

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How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

For more than 30 years, the Inuit welcomed anthropologist Jean Briggs into their lives so she could study how they raise their children. Traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no … Continue reading

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Core High-Level Cognitive Abilities Derived from Hunter-Gatherer Shelter Building

Determining the fundamental cognitive abilities underlying human high-level cognition remains elusive. An examination of the main activities of our first Homo sapiens ancestors offers a normative approach. Because shelter building was critical for a nomadic hunter-gatherer and required comprehension and manipulation of the knowledge for … Continue reading

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Visiting the Ancient City of Babylon

After passing through the checkpoint and doing the security check, I found myself in front of a replica of the Ishtar Gate; this marks the entry into the old city of Babylon. No one was there; the employees were sleeping. … Continue reading

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How Culture shapes your Mind — and your mental illness

Culture shapes who we are, so it follows that it would also shape our manifestations of stress, mental disorder, emotion. Yet, that also implies a kind of messiness that modern psychology and psychiatry, particularly the American kind, have spent the … Continue reading

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Cultural Diversity and Global Media: The Mediation of Difference

Cultural Diversity and Global Media explore the relationship between the media and multiculturalism. Summarises and critically discusses current approaches to multiculturalism and the media from a global perspective. Explores both the theoretical debates and empirical findings on multiculturalism and the … Continue reading

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Intercultural Dialogue

As the interconnection across and between societies grows, and cultural diversity is increasingly recognized as an inescapable reality of modern life, it is essential that stakeholders at all levels are equipped with the capacities and knowledge to positively manage diversity … Continue reading

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Why Humanist Values Will Prevail: A Cultural Evolutionary View

Our geopolitical world seems increasingly unstable, and some see this instability as a threat to Humanist values. But I’m optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail. Before I justify that optimism, let me clarify what I mean by Humanist values. … Continue reading

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Cultural Evolution, Insight, and Fundamental Theories of Consciousness

To answer the question of whether or not evolution is (or could be) conscious, we must first consider what makes something conscious. Approaches to consciousness can be divided into two camps. Reductionist approaches attempt to explain how consciousness could arise … Continue reading

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