Understanding vaccine hesitancy at the time of CoViD

A conversation with Jennifer A. Reich, author of Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (New York University Press, 2016)

«I don’t consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect for medicine and doctors. Besides, I am extremely superstitious, sufficiently so to respect medicine, anyway (I am well-educated enough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious). No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite.»

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground

In-field research & methodology

eXt: Are you still involved in monitoring the acceptance of vaccines, both for corona virus (CV in the following) and other diseases?Read the rest


{#19} The trophy did not fit the suitcase because it was too small

«The thing that the gravitational wave physicists were most scared of was announcing that they had seen a gravitational wave, and it turning out to be wrong. But the sciencists of artificial intelligence don’t seem to be too worried about that. They seem very happy all the time to say: “Yes, we finally created artificial intelligence”.»

Harry Collins, Public talk at ENABLE

Hello fellow humans,

long time no see… our RAM was in the cloud, but we had a backup memory of you in some old hard drive we stumbled upon while tiding up home!… Read the rest


Data shamans

[This piece was first published on [Slow News](]


“This I realized all along:
reason is always
in the wrong.”

Giorgio Caproni, Tutte le poesie (Milan, Garzanti 2013) [our translation]

Only a few months ago: despite information about the epidemics coming from China, Italy took too long to react. A few weeks later: despite news coming from Italy, the United States took too long to react. And so on…

How is it that the mountain of data and records elaborated by medical personnel, researchers, national and international agencies can barely be put into action – despite the fact that the products of science definitely shape our age and mind?… Read the rest


{#10} The days of the virus /1

In this newsletter:
- A socially-distanced hug
- Suggested readings
- The age of (in)security: meeting Jeff Halper
- How to participate?

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“Like wire models of molecules the students moved through the yard, always maintaining the distances between them, as if they were attached to steel connecting pipes. A human mobile. Sometimes just watching made you dizzy, said Dr. Rudolph […] He always felt really strange when they moved back and forth in that way and talked with one another as if all this were completely normal.

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Science, War, Society. Second meeting.

5th February, meeting with Jeff Halper

Genova, 02/05/20. Meeting with Jeff Halper, anthropologist and peace activist from Israel, author of War Against the People (Pluto press, 2015).

War as an international affair

This book comes out of my work on Palestine and Israel. I’ve been an activist for many years. I am the head of an organization called the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. We try to fight Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. And the question that comes up all the time is: how does Israel get away with this?… Read the rest


Q/?: Weapons of Math Destruction

[A few years ago we read and discussed Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil. Here some questions we would ideally like to pose to the author, if we ever get to meet her (in collaboration with Giuseppe De Nicolao)]

Question 1. “Models are opinions embedded in mathematics” (quote from the book). My question will focus on the educational aspect of maths, as one of the key subjects we are taught in school, from the early years until the end of high school.… Read the rest