biology of luxury (October 16th 2012)
anti-fragile life of the economy
The anti-fragile life of the economy
may be its saving grace
vida anti-frágil da economia
Antifragilität. Was die Wirtschaft von der
Evolution lernen kann
A Greek view on Health
and Nutrition by AMAbiotics
The strategic importance of biology for the world economy, july
Biotech Info. La lettre des biotechnologies
EMBO Reports (2010) 11: 488
Opening: Three years ago,
a senior politician attended his country’s Annual Congress for
the Advancement of Science to give the introductory lecture.
He asked the attending scientists to make science and research
more attractive to young students and the general public, and
asked his countrymen to support scientists to address the urgent
challenges of global climate change, energy needs and dwindling
water resources. It was neither a European nor a US politician,
but the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who made this speech
about the relationship between research and its practical applications.
This is such an important topic that one might think it deserves
appropriate attention in Europe, yet we fail to address it properly.
Instead, we just discuss how science should serve society or
contribute to the ‘knowledge-based economy’, or how ‘basic’ or
‘fundamental’ research is opposed to ‘applied’ or ‘industrial’
research and how funding for ‘big science’ comes at the expense
of ‘little academic’ research.
Perfect time, or perfect crime?
EMBO Reports (2010) 11: 74
Opening: Imagine the situation: “One day, you notice an old
country woman crossing a downtown street, just about to put one
foot down on the rails of the streetcar line. […] Suppose, now,
that at the very moment she puts her foot on the rail a streetcar
comes rushing down the tracks toward her. If the old woman does
not notice the car and continues across the tracks nothing will
happen. But if someone should happen to shout ‘Look out, old
woman!’ what would be her natural reaction? […] she would suddenly
become flustered and would pause to decide whether to go on or
step back […] the mere words ‘Look out, old woman!’ would be
as dangerous a weapon as any knife or firearm. […] the man who
sounds the warning actually becomes a murderer!” (Ranpo, 1956).
BoOks : Les
gènes du bien et du mal en débat au Centre Georges
Pompidou, 10 mai 2010