Errata corrige

1) In the paper by Ken H. Seto, "The Resurrection of the Light Conducting Medium for Modern Physics", published in Episteme N. 3, Equations (2.17) and (2.18) must be modified as follows:



The author apologizes for the inconvenience.

2) In virtù di una segnalazione di Antonio Socci, che si ringrazia sentitamente, si è rilevata un'improprietà nel commento di Franco Baldini sulla Primavera di Botticelli, pubblicato nel numero precedente. In effetti, il riferimento fatto all'Immacolata Concezione - che non pretendeva peraltro di essere circostanziato - poteva alimentare, così come illustrato, il diffuso equivoco secondo cui tale "dogma" concerne la nascita verginale di Gesù, e non, quale è invece il caso, quella di Maria, riconosciuta immune dal peccato originale. Una nuova versione dello scritto in parola, convenientemente modificata in ordine a questo punto, è disponibile in rete. Il Dott. Socci osserva pure che è illegittimo definire Origene un "Padre della Chiesa", trattandosi di un semplice "scrittore ecclesiastico", responsabile di numerose deviazioni teoretiche dalla dottrina ortodossa della Chiesa che sono state ufficialmente denunciate.

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Conference Announcement

Activism, Ideology, and Radical Philosophy Conference

7 November 2002, Providence, RI, USA

The RPA Conference Program Committee invites submissions of talks, papers, workshops, roundtables discussions, posters and other kinds of conference contributions, for its fifth biennial conference.

In the spirit of collaboration, and in the recognition that radical philosophy is often done outside traditional philosophical settings, we invite submissions not only from philosophers inside and outside the academy, but also from those who engage in theoretical work in other academic disciplines-such as ethnic studies, women's studies, social sciences and literary studies-and from those engaged in theoretical work unconnected to the academy.

We especially welcome contributions from those often excluded from or marginalized in philosophy, including people of color, glbt persons, persons with disabilities, poor and working class persons.

The Radical Philosophy Association is approaching its 20th year. It is appropriate that we reflect on radical philosophy-the endeavor that has brought members of the RPA together for a generation. Accordingly, the theme for its sixth national conference will be radical philosophy itself, its relation to social and political activism, and its potential to contribute to one or more counter-hegemonies.

Despite (and often because of) differences in the kinds of activism in which we engage, in our philosophical styles and emphases, and even in our far-reaching goals, we in the RPA seem still to have an affinity that makes collaboration fruitful. We are all concerned about oppression-generating inequalities, about the limits of reform that is oblivious to the need for structural change, and about philosophies that leave no room for reflection on their own roots.

But is this affinity strong enough to be the basis for cooperating both among ourselves and with other broad social groups to create an effective movement? Or is this affinity so unsuited for that kind of cooperation that we can only wish each other luck in our separate struggles? Does the conception of "radical philosophy" travel intact across borders, or does it have a distinctive meaning in the US? What sort of meaning, for example, does radical philosophy now have as a practice in Eastern Europe? Or China? Or the former Soviet Union? Or Cuba? When Marxist philosophy has been the establishment philosophy of state socialism, what has that meant for the concept of radical philosophy in that context? Does radical philosophy have to be inclusive (i.e. address all forms of social domination, such as racism, class exploitation, male dominance, heterosexism, able-ism, etc.), or can someone be a radical philosopher if they critique only one kind of social domination? Must radical philosophy support identity politics or must it insist on a solidarity politics beyond identity? As radical philosophers, we face with particular urgency the barrier between the theoretical work of philosophers and the practice of activists. How are we doing so? How might we do so?

We encourage submissions that employ formats and media that challenge the standard conference presentation. For instance, we urge presenters to use formats that allow for greater interaction between participants and audience. Please consult the web page for detailed information about submissions.

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Submission deadline: 31 January 2002

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Conference Announcement

Beyond the Brain IV: Perspectives on Meditation

23 to 26 August 2001, Ripon, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Just occasionally I get the feeling that somebody has said something important*

John Cleese

This August a pioneering group of world-class experts will meet at a public conference to put forward groundbreaking frameworks for a fast-growing Western interest: meditation. No longer a fringe activity, meditation is now medically recommended for heart disease patients and even business executives. Since the 1970s scientists have taken an interest in brain wave patterns associated with regular meditators, and studies reveal the extraordinary benefits of meditation.

All the speakers at this conference have extensive experience of meditation in addition to their scholarly expertise. This makes it an exciting occasion where there can be a true meeting of outer and inner in a spirit of open exploration.

Confirmed speakers include: James Austin, Guy Claxton, Ram-Prasad Chakravarthi, Peter Fenwick, David Fontana, Bisong Guo, Sr. Jayanti, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi, David Lorimer, Andrew Powell, Jonathan Shear, Alan Wallace, Elizabeth West, and Arthur Zajonc.

Beyond the Brain will also be experiential, with communal meditations and contemplative walks, especially to the nearby ruins of Fountains Abbey, perhaps one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in England. There also will be plenty of time for informal conversations and an exchange of ideas over meals and drinks with other participants.

* John Cleese's remark about Guy Claxton, conference speaker.

Beyond the Brain is organized by the Scientific and Medical Network, Infinity Foundation Spirituality (the specialist interest group of the Royal College Of Psychiatrists) and the British Psychological Society (Transpersonal Section).

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Announcement of Workshop on:

Fifty years after Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision:

classical and new scenarios on evolution of solar system.

Bergamo, October 20th and 21st, 2001

Scientific Program


In the occasion of the fifty years since publication of Worlds in Collision the University of Bergamo organizes a symposium, coordinated by this writer, to revisit the work of Velikovsky with discussion of associated topics at the light of present knowledge. The symposium is organized within the framework of research done in Bergamo on n-body dynamical systems. The program is the following.

Saturday 20, from 9.30 a.m.:

Prof. Emilio Spedicato, Un. di Bergamo:

Introduction to the symposium

Prof. Federico Di Trocchio, Un. di Lecce:

Velikovsky as rejected genius

Jan Sammer, Prague:

The Velikovsky website

Prof. Alfred De Grazia (Princeton) and dr. Immanuel Velikovsky (presented by Amy De Grazia)

A final communication, November 14th, 1979

Prof. Alfred De Grazia (Princeton):

Before Worlds in Collision: the Solaria Binaria scenario

Saturday 20, afternoon:

Prof. Laurence Dixon, Un. Hertfordshire, UK :

Velikovsky orbital planetary changes do not violate conservation laws

Admiral Dr. Flavio Barbiero, Accademia Navale, Livorno:

On fast changes of Earth axis after comet or asteroid impacts

Dr. Walter Baltensperger, Physics Research Center, Rio de Janeiro:

Polar wandering after close passages of objects of planetary size

Prof. Emilio Spedicato, Un. di Bergamo:

A super Tunguska impact on Pacific Ocean in year 1178 AD

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Un. di Cardiff, UK

New light on origin of life

Dr. Antonino Del Popolo, Un. di Bergamo:

Extrasolar planetary systems: observational results and theoretical problems

Sunday 21, morning:

Prof. Erasmo Recami, Un. di Bergamo:

Catastrofism and uniformitarism in history of astronomy

Dwardu Cardona, editor of journal Aeon, Vancouver:

Saturn before Sun

Charles Ginenthal, editor of journal The Velikovskyan, New York:

Velikovsky’s ideas on role of electromagnetism on evolution of Universe

Dr. Adalberto Notarpietro, Centro di Dinamica Alpina, CNR, Milano:

Earth in Upheaval of Velikovsky and extraterrestrial catastrophes in history of Earth

Shulamit Velikovsky Kogan, Haifa, Israel

On the validation of Velikovsky hypotheses

Notes on the lecturers:

The Symposium will take place at the Conference Room of University of Bergamo in via dei Caniana n. 2 (not far from rail station and motorway access). Participation is free within space availability (180 seats) on first come first served basis (but see the web site for possibility of reserving a place).

For further information contact Emilio Spedicato ( or Laura Capelli ( or consult the site .

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Ottobre 20-21, 2001: un convegno su Velikovsky

all'Università di Bergamo


In occasione dei cinquanta anni dalla pubblicazione di Mondi in Collisione sarà organizzato presso il Dipartimento di Matematica dell'Università di Bergamo un convegno dedicato ad una rivisitazione dell'opera citata di Velikovsky ed ad una disanima di temi ad essa associati alla luce delle conoscenze attuali. Il convegno è organizzato da chi scrive, il quale da vari anni ha contatti con studiosi che furono associati con Velikovsky e che inoltre è coinvolto in attività di ricerca sui sistemi dinamici n-body gravitazionali. Il convegno si svolgerà con il seguente programma:

Sabato 20, mattina:

Prof. Emilio Spedicato, Un. di Bergamo:

Introduzione alla conferenza

Prof. Federico Di Trocchio, Un. di Lecce:

Velikovsky come genio rifiutato

Jan Sammer, Prague:

Sul sito web di Velikovsky e sulle sue monografie ancora non pubblicate

Prof. Alfred De Grazia (Princeton) e dr. Immanuel Velikovsky (presentazione di Amy De Grazia)

Una comunicazione finale, 14 Novembre 1979

Prof. Alfred De Grazia (Princeton):

Prima dei Mondi in Collisione di Velikovsky: lo scenario di Solaria Binaria

Sabato 20, pomeriggio:

Prof. Laurence Dixon, Un. Hertfordshire, UK :

I cambiamenti di orbite planetarie proposti da Velikovsky non violano le leggi di conservazione

Ammiraglio Dr. Flavio Barbiero, Accademia Navale, Livorno:

Sulla possibilità di rapidi cambiamenti nella direzione dell'asse terrestre dopo impatti con asteroidi o comete

Dr. Walter Baltensperger, Centro Brasiliano di Ricerche in Fisica, Rio de Janeiro:

Sullo spostamento geografico dei poli geografici dopo incontri ravvicinati con oggetti di dimensioni planetarie

Prof. Emilio Spedicato, Un. di Bergamo:

Argomenti per un impatto di tipo super Tunguska sull'Oceano Pacifico nell'anno 1178 AD

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Un. di Cardiff, UK

Nuova luce sull'origine della vita

Dr. Antonino Del Popolo, Un. di Bergamo:

Sistemi planetari extrasolari: risultati delle osservazioni e problemi teorici

Domenica 21, mattina:

Prof. Erasmo Recami, Un. di Bergamo:

Catastrofismo ed uniformitarismo nella storia dell'astronomia

Dwardu Cardona, editore della rivista Aeon, Vancouver:

Saturno prima del Sole

Charles Ginenthal, editore della rivista The Velikovskyan, New York:

Le idee di Velikovsky sul ruolo dell'elettromagnetismo nella evoluzione dell'Universo

Dr. Adalberto Notarpietro, Centro di Dinamica Alpina, CNR, Milano:

Earth in Upheaval di Velikovsky e catastrofi di origine extraterrestre nella storia della Terra

Shulamit Velikovsky Kogan, Haifa, Israel

Sulla dimostrazione delle ipotesi di Velikovsky

Il convegno si terrà presso la Sala Conferenze della Università di Bergamo in via dei Caniana n. 2 (non lontano dalla stazione FS e dall'ingresso all'autostrada). E' ad accesso libero e gratuito nel limite della capienza (180 posti) della sala. Per ulteriori informazioni contattare Emilio Spedicato ( o Laura Capelli ( o il sito: .

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