the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Approximately 30,000 years ago, the species Homo sapiens began to display unusual behaviors such as ritual burials, wonderful cave paintings, musical instruments, ornaments. What happened in our way of thinking at that time? The modern human mind was born, capable of processing abstract concepts and of imagining different worlds. It was a brand new way to relate to the environment, with no equivalents on the other four human types that lived until recent times. Yet man had been born in Africa 200,000 years ago. This dual birth—first anatomical, then cognitive—continues to baffle scientists and is not yet fully understood. The story of how we became “global sapiens” is a fascinating adventure that we can describe at last tank to the surprising discoveries or recent years.



Telmo Pievani, science philosopher and evolutionist, essayist and communicator, holds Italy’s first chair in Philosophy of biological sciences at the Department of Biology of the University of Padua. He is president of the Italian Society of Evolutionist Biology, member of the Italian Department of Anthropology and a contributor writer for Corriere della Sera, Le Scienze, Micromega e L’Indice dei Libri del Mese. He is author of several books including Introduzione a Darwin (2012) ,Laterza; La fine del mondo (2012) , il Mulino; Evoluti e abbandonati (2014) and Libertà di migrare (con V. Calzolaio, 2016), Einaudi; Come saremo (con L. De Biase, 2016) for Codice; La vita inaspettata (2011) and Imperfezione (2019), Cortina. By the end of August his new book La terra dopo di noi (with Frans Lanting) will be published by Contrasto.

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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