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Faith and reason: science, innovation, culture, spirituality, society, mobbing, work

These are just some of the issues that Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason project and online newspaper are addressing in recent months. And that despite repeated attacks are taking us to over two hundred thousand monthly visits in November – only italian version – confirming the trend of the previous months.

Considering also, as is known, that we currently use parameters unfortunately much more restrictive than those used by Audiweb for its own surveys. To which we will try to adapt, and in our own interest, this month. We got there despite repeated hacker attacks, and what now appears to us as a probable delegitimization campaign. Implemented for years on social networks by those who for now unspecified reasons want to stop us talking, telling, criticizing.

It was a doubt we had been carrying on for several years, when Facebook interactions for example fell suddenly, without logical reasons. And spamming reports have arrived from the social network on articles shared for example only on my personal profile, or on the Faith and Reason group.

And because for example any post on mobbing – one of the key points of the project along with the work – was enormously penalized on social media. And it became almost invisible after the first sharing. An oddity, given that – from studies and pure institutional sources – in Italy the victims of mobbing are at least one and a half million people. In our opinion, this number is underestimated. And considering their family members, the people affected by this social scourge are at least several million.

The confirmation of our doubts that has arrived with the Petition with which we are asking to approve a law – adequate – against mobbing and those guilty of such crimes. And that it can support, as well as defend, those who are its victims. A petition that started in an accelerated way, and that after only three weeks came to fifty thousand signatures. Demonstrating how mobbing arouses the attention and interest – and causes suffering – of so many people. And that on Facebook, for example, although positively going, it had an enormously lower, and not proportional, number of interactions.

Our goals: an anti-mobbing law, making the Faith and Reason project grow, understanding who attacks us and why.

Today, apart from the satisfaction for how the newspaper Faith and Reason is growing – growth due only in part to the Petition and consistent with previous trends – and the desire to continue to make it grow, we have two objectives. Get a law against mobbing and mobber. And to understand, through formal contacts with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, how far the troll – cyber stalkers have gone in recent years. And understand who they are, and why they do it. Despite why it is perhaps a question that can be partially hypothesized. Paolo Centofanti, director of Faith and Reason.

We remind, as usual, the exclusions from the SRM and Faith and Reason projects: Sky, Vision, Fox.

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SRM and Faith and Reason projects exclusions: Sky, Vision, Fox

We need to clarify the reality of the SRM – Science and Religion in Media, and Faith and Reason projects: online newspapers, channel and other related – and other projects related to our director and publisher, Paolo Centofanti.

Specifically, we explain again that, although Paolo Centofanti is currently working on Sky Italia, the SRM – Science and Religion in Media Project, the project and journal Faith and Reason, the Faith and Reason channel, and any other project related to him and / or of its ownership and ownership, they have no connection or relationship with the following subjects, repeatedly mentioned.

No relationship, link or connection with Sky Italia. Neither with the Sky company, nor with its employees, managers or internal or external collaborators. Identical exclusions – all the more so – towards the associate Vision and its employees, managers and collaborators. The Fox and related companies are not involved or connected in any way – from which Sky also no longer depends in any way, having been acquired by the US company Comcast. Neither their managers, employees or collaborators. Not even more so the company Stream, not even more existing since 2003. Neither the company Telecom Italia, with which, among other things, our director Paolo Centofanti no longer collaborates for several years, and which does not hold any share of Sky either.

As we have already had occasion to explain, Paolo Centofanti, as part of his sociocultural interests, as a freelance journalist, teacher and manager, is currently director and editor of SRM – Science and Religion in Media, Faith and Reason and of the project in Faith and Reason start up channel. Projects that are the result only of no profit cultural activities, of the training and passion of Paolo Centofanti, and of those who collaborate in various ways. Free of charge or in partnership, however, with a socio-cultural character. As already mentioned several times, other partners are visible as references on the newspaper’s website, www.srmedia.info, or in the newsletter.

We also specify that SRM is a project in partnership with the Science and Faith Institute of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Not however with the Faculty of Bioethics, with which it has no connections, nor with its referents or collaborators. Likewise for the project, newspaper and channel Faith and Reason, which currently have no connection even with other institutions of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, nor with their referents or collaborators, nor with the Science and Faith Institute.

Furthermore, due to some erroneous information circulated by some, we must also specify that the project and scientific journal SRM, the project and scientific journal Faith and Reason and obviously the Fede e Ragione channel, do not cooperate in any way, nor have any ownership , people linked by family ties – especially acquired – with the director Paolo Centofanti. In the event that you find on the web or elsewhere articles, pages, information or anything else that might make you think otherwise, kindly report to pcentofanti@gmail.com or direttore@srmedia.orgdirettore@srmedia.info.

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Nature Astronomy: the first global geological map of Titan

A new study, published in Nature Astronomy this week, has drawn the first global geological map of Saturn’s moon Titan.

The study has been published today, monday 18 November 2019, on Nature Astronomy, with title A global geomorphologic map of Saturn’s moon Titan. 10.1038/s41550-019-0917-6. The researchers, to draw their new map, have used scientific data detected by the Cassini probe. The Cassini – Huygens mission, is a collaboration between NASA, ESA – European Space Agency and ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. It’s managed by JPL and Caltech under a contract with NASA.

According to the scientist involved in this study, this map “will add to our understanding of the history and evolution of Titan”. Their observation also “demonstrate the extent to which Titan is shaped by its methane cycle. The poles are humid enough to keep liquid bodies of methane, whereas the arid equatorial climate keeps wind-shaped dunes intact”.

As is known, Titan is a unique moon in our Solar System. It has “a dense atmosphere and a full, methane – based hydrological cycle, which has a significant impact on its surface and evolution”. Due to its hazy atmosphere, it’s not possibile to see its surface, and “it has been difficult to obtain a global vision of Titan’s geology”. The researchers have used “data from the infrared and radar instruments on board Cassini to reconstruct and map Titan’s surface, including its poles”.

The study has identified “six major geological forms” and their specific “relative age” and specific “distribution across the globe”. The Titan’s map indicates that the moon “geology depends strongly on latitude”. The study has identified dune fields, the youngest terrains,  dominating the equator. And lakes, that on the opposite are “concentrated at the poles”. The bigger part of Titan is aniway “covered by featureless organic plains, widespread at mid – latitudes”.

Authors

R. M. C. Lopes, M. J. Malaska, A. M. Schoenfeld, A. Solomonidou, S. P. D. Birch, M. Florence, A. G. Hayes, D. A. Williams, J. Radebaugh, T. Verlander, E. P. Turtle, A. Le Gall and S. D. Wall.

Link Fede e Ragione, italian version – Nature Astronomy: la prima mappa geologica globale di Titano.

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Behaviour: Revisiting honesty in banking culture


Article: Heterogeneity in banker culture and its influence on dishonesty. DOI
10.1038/s41586-019-1741-y

Behaviour: Revisiting honesty in banking culture

The honesty of bank employees does not seem to be strongly modified when they think about their job according to a study published in Nature this week. These findings are in contrast to previous research—also published in Nature—that reported an increase in dishonesty when bankers were reminded of their professional identity.

Banking culture has been subject to public scrutiny and levels of trust in the banking industry have been low in light of recent scandals, such as the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Attempts to measure honesty in this field are rare but have the potential to influence policymakers and public opinion.

In 2014, Alain Cohn and colleagues measured honesty in 128 employees from a large international investment bank, using a coin-flip game in which participants self-reported winning tosses (each of which yielded a US$20 reward). They found that prompting the participants to think about their profession seemed to encourage cheating. In a new study, Zoe Rahwan and colleagues replicate the experiment in five different populations across three continents, with 768 bankers and 514 non-bankers. No significant increase in dishonesty was observed when the bankers were primed to think about their work. These results indicate that the conclusions of the 2014 study cannot be generalized beyond the original population sampled, Rahwan and colleagues suggest. They propose that professional culture may vary according to banking segments, individual institutions, jurisdictions or across countries, and call for new approaches to measure honesty in the financial industry.

In an accompanying Matters Arising, Cohn and colleagues write “…it remains unclear to what extent the study is informative about the generalizability of our findings to other relevant contexts”. They highlight differences between their original study and the new work, such as the type of banking institutions sampled, which could explain the conflicting conclusions. They also note that many people in the financial sector may have been aware of their study, which they suggest may have affected the decision to participate or the responses given in the study by Rahwan and coauthors.

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Petition for a law against mobbing and mobber and for supporting the victims

We launched on october 2019 a petition on the Change.org platform, to demand the approval of a law against bullying. And social support measures for victims.

The petition can be reached and shared at this link on Change.org. The law against mobbing and mobber is necessary and urgent, in a civilized and advanced country like Italy. A law that provides for severe penalties against companies, managers, employees and collaborators guilty of these hateful, immoral and illegal behaviors. And that protects the victims, with interventions in support.

Among the priorities of the Government – coherently with the official declarations – there must be support for work and workers. And the fight against discrimination, exploitation, small and large illegalities. Mobbing is a serious scourge of our country, sanctioned by the sentences of the Courts and the Supreme Court of Cassazione. The workers, however, see themselves forced to long, painful, even financially, legal proceedings. And not always favorable: sometimes only for lack of adequate evidence, or colleagues willing to testify.

The absence of a specific anti-mobbing law in Italy, today therefore appears paradoxical and unjust. We demand a law that will also help to bring a decisive change and adaptation of a social, economic and cultural paradigm. And it will make our country, and the companies and institutions that operate there, more efficient and just.

Paolo Centofanti, director of Faith and Reason.

You can sign, share or support the petition through this link on the Change.org platform. This is the link to Petition page on Facebook.

http://chng.it/N2C8mgrB

NASA: the Aurora borealis seen from the International Space Station

Image of an aurora borealis was taken by the ISS, the International Space Station.

The spectacular image is the work of NASA astronaut Christina Koch, on board the ISS. The astronaut said that a few years ago he was at the South Pole, and had observed the aurora borealis, “as inspiration during the 6 months winter night”. Orbiting on the International Space Station, she was able to observe it in a way that was uncommon, and more spectacular, and that gave her more emotions. Credits: Nasa, source: SRM.

Health and wellness are connected to the time we spend in nature

The connection between health and well being and the time spent in the natural environment has been known for years. Further evidence comes from a study carried out in Great Britain.

Research on the relationship between nature, health and well being was published on 13 June 2019 in Scientific Reports under the title Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7730, 2019. DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-019-44097-3. The authors of this new study are Mathew P. White, Ian Alcock, James Grellier, Benedict W. Wheeler, Terry Hartig, Sara L. Warber, Angie Bone, Michael H. Depledge and Lora E. Fleming.

The researchers asked about 20,000 adults how much time they had spent in nature in the previous week. Considering fields and woods, and excluding any vegetable garden. By asking respondents also information on their health and well being after that week. The study would show that those who had spent at least 120 minutes in nature were more likely to have good health and well being.

For Mathew P. White – University of Exeter, Great Britain – and colleagues, these are certainly not definitive results. However, they are “an important starting point” for subsequent scientific and social evaluations on the importance of time spent in natural environments, and on the relative connection with an increase health and well being. Therefore, social and cultural initiatives would be more appropriate to encourage citizens to spend more time in the countryside and in natural environments.

The study also shows that this connection between time spent in nature and health is not related to the green areas available in their own areas of residence. It would also not be related to the age and global health status of people. People who are ill or with chronic pathologies would equally benefit from some time spent in nature. Original source: Fede e Ragione.

We need to tackle and combat climate change:

An interview by Paolo Centofanti, director of Project SRM – Science and Religion in Media. This interview – courtesy SRM – has been made some years ago, during a restricted meeting on climate change in the Vatican City, Rome.

Climate Change. Sir Brian Heap: we need to face it now

There are some people who say that global warming is the weapon of mass distruction. And there are some people who feel that the estimates of the impact of global warming have been underestimated and overestimated. The most valuable and important contribution has been from the intergovernment panel on climate change, which consists of over one thousand climate scientists, the best scientists in the world, who came up with a consensus opinion that GW is a serious problem, and that is due to man later activities.

Therefore i think we have to take it seriously. The big question is how we going to invest now and the hypothesis that are proposed by some of the leading economists is that every use 1 to 2 per cent of our gdp now, and we’ll save ten to twenty per cent costs later all. However there are some economists who say we should not spend immediately, we should wait to see until is developed, and we spend our money later, when we’re richer, and we have the money available to do something about GW. But i think the emphasis is much more only important, so, getting on with the problem, and dealing starting to do with the problem now, rather then delay in the future; because it’s maybe too late in the future.

https://www.srmedia.info/2008/10/18/climate-change-sir-brian-heap-we-need-to-face-it-now/

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Faith and Reason, an English version of Fede e Ragione

Fede e Ragione is an online newspaper registered in the Press Register of the Court of Lodi – Tribunale di Lodi n.5 / 2014, 5 May 2014
Director: Paolo Centofanti

Explaining Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason starts today, Friday 21 June 2019, on the summer solstice. It’s the english version of the online journal and project Fede e Ragione.

Paolo Centofanti, as part of his socio-cultural interests, as a freelance journalist and manager, is currently director of Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason, as well as of SRM – Science and Religion in Media.

It is therefore appropriate to specify that, although Paolo Centofanti is working for Sky Italia, the Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason Project and the SRM Project – Science and Religion in Media have no connection either with the company or with its employees, managers or internal or external collaborators; neither more so with the Fox and related companies, nor obviously with the no longer existing company Stream: they are the result only of the cultural activity and the passion of Paolo Centofanti and of those who collaborate there for free or with partnership – as socio-cultural and no profit activities. SRM partners are visible as references on the newspaper’s website, www.srmedia.info, or in the newsletter; other partners will soon be visible as references on the site of the newspaper Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason.

We also specify that Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason, has no links or connections with the Science and Faith Institute of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, nor with the Faculty of Bioethics.

Because of some erroneous information circulated by some, we must also specify that the project and online journal Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason – as well as SRM – Science and Religion in Media – does not involve any person belonging to the family – and, more, to extended family / “in-laws” – of director Paul Centofanti.

In the event that you find on the web or elsewhere articles, pages, information or anything else that might make you think otherwise, please report it to pcentofanti@gmail.com or to director@srmedia.info.