Autore: Enrico Battocchi

  • Credenze

    An intriguing aspect of historical beliefs about infectious disease is that the common folk were proved to be right in the long run, and the educated were mostly wrong. The priesthood pushed the idea that disease came from the gods. People were told to stop sinning and to pray for forgiveness, not waste time attempting…

  • Fluttuazioni

    We tend to think that the farther back we go in history, the dirtier and less hygienic people were, and so the higher the level of infectious disease. This is broadly true if we restrict ourselves to the last 1,000 years of Western civilization. However, if we consider the broader sweep of human history, the…

  • Estetica post-picco

    But what will the human-made world look like a few decades beyond Peak Oil? Will we see a fulfillment of the Arts and Crafts ideal? It would be nice to think so. However, the world in which Morris and his colleagues lived and worked — including the cultural symbols, the skills, even in some cases…

  • Attrezzi

    La cassetta degli attrezzi dell’economista è stata progettata proprio nella fase ascendente della disponibilità abbondante di energia fossile, caso unico nella storia dell’uomo, e oggi non si rivela più adeguata a gestire la fase di scarsità. (Luca Mercalli, Prepariamoci, 2011)

  • Moralità

    I said, “I can name for you something that is good, no matter what stories we tell ourselves.” “And it is…” I held up my glass. “Drinkable quantities of clean water.” “I don’t understand.” “Drinkable quantities of clean water are unqualifiedly a good thing, no matter the stories we tell ourselves.” She got it. She…

  • Effetti del clima sull’ingegnosità umana

    Other, lesser social changes may trace their origins to the Year Without a Summer. A New Scientist article published in 2005 argues convincingly that the velocipede, the ancestor of the modern bicycle, was developed in the aftermath of 1816’s failed grain harvests as a means of transportation that didn’t need to be fed (unlike horses). Dall’Anno Senza…

  • Acacie, formiche e punti di leva dei sistemi

    The researchers were testing different methods of preserving acacia trees on experimental plots in Kenya. Half of the plots were surrounded by fences that excluded herbivores such as elephants and giraffes, while the other half were left open. The thinking was that if herbivores were kept away, at least for a while, the acacia trees—which…

  • Almeno ci avremo provato

    Almeno ci avremo provato

    Venerdì prossimo, a partire da alcune proiezioni (in Creative Commons *) cercherò di introdurre i problemi del picco energetico e dei cambiamenti climatici e di stimolare la discussione. Maggiori informazioni qui. * Tra le altre cose, alcuni talk provenienti da TED e già pubblicati qui. Ma vederli o rivederli in compagnia fa un altro effetto,…

  • Abeti, tortricidi e feedback

    Tree ring records show that the spruce budworm has been killing spruce and fir trees periodically in North America for at least 400 years. Until this century, no one much cared. The valuable tree for the lumber industry was the white pine. Spruce and fir were considered “weed species.” Eventually, however, the stands of virgin…

  • Tempismo

    Nel novembre 2005 iniziai a seguire, fin dalla sua apertura, il blog Petrolio di Debora Billi. Fu il mio primo contatto in assoluto con il tema del picco delle risorse energetiche e minerali. A partire dai suoi post, cominciai a documentarmi, fino a sfruttare l’occasione irripetibile di avere quasi sotto casa il V congresso mondiale…