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2016 Programme

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

The discovery of mirror neurons occurred almost by chance, by studying the motor system of a monkey. Giacomo Rizzolatti and his team allowed it to move freely, realizing that some of its neurons would activate both when it performed an action and when watching an experimentor carry out the same action: “mirror neurons”. Some would call them the “empathy neurons”. Why has this discovery – which revolutionized our idea of the human mind – fascinated not only scientists but also psychologists and philosophers? To what new concept of emotions and intelligenze, of thought and language, of nature and culture, of science and philosophy does it seem to lead us?


Antonio Gnoli

is a journalist for Repubblica, and was director of its Culture section. With Franco Volpi he is the author, among other works, of the books L’ultimo sciamano. Conversazioni su Heidegger (2006), I filosofi e la vita , (Bompiani); with S. Gennaro I corrotti e gli inetti. Conversazioni su Machiavelli (Bompiani, 2013).  With Francesco De Gregori, Passo d’uomo (Laterza, 2016), with Giacomo Rizzolatti Nei tuoi panni (Rizzoli).

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Giacomo Rizzolatti

directs the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Parma. A member of Accademia dei Lincei, his research has revolutionised the landscape of neuroscience in recent years. In 2014 he was awarded the Brain Prize, the most important international prize in the field of neurology. His books include: So quel che fai (with C. Sinigaglia, Cortina, 2006), Nella mente degli altri (with L. Vozza, Zanichelli, 2007), Nei tuoi panni. Per una nuova scienza dell’empatia (with A. Gnoli, Rizzoli).

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

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Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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