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Why the title: E-ducere X

Thinking about the general concept of learning, we came to the conclusion that most answers to the big questions of life lie in ourselves and all we need to do is to make them apparent to us. That requires, of course, a lot of strength and effort but this is the part where other people can help you, support you to find the right track and probably a good discussion is all about that. Why else would you disagree or agree with someone if you do not have a somehow faint idea of the answer already? Hence, in a perfect world, all we would need to do is pull out the answer from ourselves. And that is exactly what the original meaning of “education” is about. Education derives from the Latin (the classic language of biological science as for Linnaeus binomial nomenclature of living organisms) word “educere”, meaning “to guide out from”. So what we want to achieve is to educate ourselves in its original meaning, hence we want to support each other in guiding out the right answers to the right questions. It is not a passive activity where an expert talks about a certain topic while the others listen, take notes and agree on everything the speaker is saying. It is rather a fruitful discussion that, at its best, leads to mutual enlightments in every sense (be it scientific, cultural, artistic or philosophical topics). Because in the end, isn’t it our overall goal to become what we really are? Therefore, we will help you to “educere” the best out of you and vice versa in every possible sense. And anyone who wants to join in, anyone with a serious yet open mind and the joy about science and philosophy is welcome. We want do educate ourselves, hence we want to work on ourselves and steadily progress to finally become what we are!

The “X” in “E-ducere X”, recall the out-of-the-scheme, unofficial and insightful lectures that one of the most important physicist of the last century, Richard Feynman, gave to his student. These lectures where students could ask him any question they like to ask about physics were called “Physics X”. In one of his lectures recorded in the “Feynman lectures on physics” he explained: “The principle of science, the definition, almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific ‘truth’. But what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws, in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations — to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns beneath them all, and then to experiment to check again whether we have made the right guess.”

This approach to science is exactly what we aimed for our blog E-ducere X.

 

Mission

This Blog intends to be a platform of knowledge where scientific concepts and method are used in order to understand the reality. Because understanding reality is as building a house, in this blog we won’t use the normal sciolism approach (proper of books), in which notions are only displayed without often explaining all the controversies of the model. In contrast to that, we use the blog as the starting point to trigger discussions based on evidences and rational argumentations, which will eventually bring us to improve our knowledge. The topics of the blog will be various and of high contents: science divulgation, commentary on specialistic papers, bioethichs, and philosophy of science. Many discussions will be carried on in multiple posts, giving a particular attention to the comment of blog users after each post, and finally we will try to work out the conclusions. These conclusions will be used as ground for further discussions to enhance our description and comprehension of reality. Therefore, the contribution of the users with their questions and their inputs is an essential part of this blog. The users of the blog do not need to be specialists in science, they just need to be curious and willing to understand the reality by using rational argumentation and experimental evidence. Anyone can positively contribute to this project that also aims at making society more aware and less skeptical about science.

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