• Philosophy,  Politics,  History

    Democracy doesn't exist? Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Amartya Sen, Vilfredo Pareto and others…

    Video sketch: youtu.be/bpLtlS_dhBg Democracy exists... Yes, it exists, but it is still a hard time to be a democrat or a democracy. That democracy, which until a few years ago seemed like an unstoppable wave, faced with the collapse of the only systematic alternative, realized socialism, today seems to have arrested and even reversed its constant growth and is in visible regression, with illiberal forces that insinuate themselves into democracies with a longer history, undermining not so much the formal institutions, certainly, but above all the intimate substance: freedom of expression and the conquest of ever new rights. From a purely observational point of view, things seem to be going just…

  • Philosophy,  Reflections

    Relativism and universals and cultural

    Let's start again for a moment from the conclusions of my latest video, the one on the idiot-friendly world: man as the measure of all things. There were those who, beautiful souls, joked about that closure, believing that Protagoras' statement was somehow banal and taken for granted, if not even taken for granted. Nothing could be more wrong. The concept expressed by the philosopher from Abdera, which is considered by some to be the first historical example of a relativistic vision of reality, is very present in the history of thought and has been interpreted in many, often contradictory, ways. In fact, if man is the measure of all things, then the perspective of every individual and every...

  • Reflections

    A world fit for idiots

    (Video clip: youtu.be/sdhzAs_x1hg ) In his show “Armageddon” Ricky Gervais makes a joke that made me think a little. Let's say at least he gave me more to think about than the average of his always witty jokes. Once again a question came back to me, an issue on which I had extreme opinions for a long time, about which I then calmed down, only to then suffer a new peak of doubts and fears. It is the fate of all unresolved questions. And the question is, in a completely simplified way, this: "how useless and idiotic are human beings?" Gervais says, it's a joke of course, but the plausibility of the statement is not...

  • Food and Cooking,  Politics

    Holy cooks and heroes. Cooking as an art form and some jokes about contemporaneity and fascism

    Brogliaccio of the video: youtu.be/EbpjxoSbcb4 “Who would want to bring children into the world if their greatest aspiration is to become chefs” says Buce, the Batrace Stivaluto revived in a film now almost forgotten but which comes back to my mind every now and then: “I'm back.” I later heard this attack on the dignity of the profession of chef cited to demonstrate the decadence of gastronomic-anthropological customs and the "epidemic of chefs on television", as someone wrote. Luca Miniero's film is little more than a 'missed opportunity. A fun idea that would give the opportunity to use the Big Donkey to practice subtle irony on contemporary Italy, but which goes to waste to dress up...

  • Invitations to reading,  Reflections

    oompa loompa: respectability, political correctness and how not to make a video about R. Dahl

    // Video sketch: youtu.be/Ck6hQl44XZA // The oompa loompas are not "little men", but "little people"! We already knew it: but we know whether it is simply a gender fluid community, as according to some anthropologists with hindsight, or a real species of those that reproduce by mustache mitosis, as in the opinion of some expert chocolatiers . Well they're still dwarfs, though, aren't they? No! They are differently tall people: in the book we never find the word "dwarf". A little attention! And the word “fat”? That's definitely there! Street! Removed! All dry! Really “fat”, not just “fatty”. We therefore ask ourselves how we can rewrite a sentence like…

  • Science fiction,  Frontiers of science,  Reflections

    The dark forest: the universe is that place that wants to see us all dead! Cosmic pessimism in the vision of “The Three Body Problem” by Liu Cixin

    Warning: I made the translations from Chinese by asking my friend chatGPT, then checking with Google Translate from Chinese to English, since I'm learning like the old GPT, sometimes things, if he doesn't know them, he invents them completely or he is simply delirious. Watch out copywriters and marketers! At least reread! But then I had to realize that the most imaginative one was actually Google Translate. Alright! Maybe we'll talk about this in a future video. In short, these AIs may be convenient, but they still involve a lot of work and a certain amount of suspicion. Another, so to speak, "introductory" question, which I would like to address polemically, is that of the meaning of translating...

  • Reflections,  Miscellaneous

    Just over 100 quotes on mediocrity

    Reflecting on a new video, thinking back to the one about the idiot, I felt like making a small and mediocre reflection on mediocrity. Thinking about what key to give him, I said to myself: in the meantime, let's do the most mediocre thing possible at this moment: ask chatGPT! It took some effort to get him to spit out 111. We are a far cry from the 1060 or more in the original list, the one on stupidity. Furthermore, some seem suspicious to me. A strong mediocrity is the figure of the contributions that I have managed to obtain from GPT so far. Maybe it's because of my silly queries? I could also ask questions, of course... The fact is that it seems to me that when he doesn't know he invents,...

  • Invitations to reading,  Politics

    Totalitarianism yesterday, today and tomorrow. Waking up with Barbero.

    // Video sketch: youtu.be/3j66m9OMxvo // This is a typical video of those that run away from you and you can't hold them back, in the morning, after coffee. YouTube – better said the ALGORITHM – provided me with the usual dose of recommended videos this morning. Among others, a couple of prof. Barbero. Usual dilemma: book or cell phone, to start the day off quickly? This morning the cell phone wins. So praise be to the chocolate pudding gods for the good Barbero! These are two recent lessons held by the Prof. for Intesa San Paolo: The first is certainly the more evocative of the two, but the second reminded me, among the…

  • Reflections

    How long does an idiot live?

    // Sketch of the video youtu.be/JFgzI-nfL0c // The question “how long does an idiot live?” it may seem really idiotic. Why am I asking you this, then? For an absolutely idiotic reason: I went to see the statistics of my site gregoriogalli.net and think how shocked I was, seeing that the second query on Google that brings people to my site is precisely this: "how long does an idiot live" . I made sure to delete the other queries from the image I'm showing you, because maybe they could inspire me to make some other videos, some other articles, in the near future. I know, this may give rise to some easy jokes, fools!, but the fact is that on my blog I published…

  • Invitations to reading

    The swastika on the sun is ugly. books and castles in perpendicular universes

    // Video sketch: youtu.be/PWApmyQ0QDE // “I read The Swastika on the Sun. It seemed bad to me.” This is what a user of the lovely group "I read contemporary literature" wrote on FB some time ago. Yes, because after all, on that social network which at times, like others, I find it difficult not to call fognabook, which many boast of no longer using, which now seems to be the undisputed domain of stupidity and misinformation, there are still some corners of good minimal taste, of a minimum level of intelligence, and I can only consider this group an example of this exceptionality. So is the Swastika on the Sun bad? Well yes. And here many will jump, be indignant, others...

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