Massarenti: “Let's quality essays”
A few hours at the end of the call, and jury in full swing to choose one flower from the best of book production to take the final at this year's prize “City of Como”. To take the pulse of non-fiction, interviewing Armando Massarenti, Friend of the prize and his sworn longtime.
In his books he has always defended the secularism of thought, instrument of freedom and emancipation for everyone, regardless of age, social status and cultural level. Massarenti you again defender of merit and quality, in the selection of books received the prize. “Faced with the great mass of books that arrive to the premium, the policy is to give credit to those more solid foundation, written rigorously, and maybe help to develop the critical spirit. I find it essential, in an age like ours, where the so-called fake news spread virally through social media. In my work, as a journalist and philosopher of science, I always tried to prevent false information and hoaxes circular, even when they create false debates equate different areas, for example, on the one hand and on the other evolutionism creationism. The scientific truth is only one side. This is to say that the opinion expressed must always be founded. Making science at a high level and so brilliant and convincing, moreover, It is not simply an art. But the important thing is that the writer domains its matter, because only with the knowledge you can develop critical thinking, avoiding to absorb the concepts in a passive way. This is the same line of thought which applies the economy psychology and explains how easy it is to deviate opinions which are not correct, towards those systematic errors that complicate life. That's why I made the suggestion that the school will introduce critical thinking as the basis”.
Armando Massarenti is director for Mondadori University of Science and Philosophy necklace. He is the author of the manual for schools I think therefore I am (with Emiliano Di Marco, D’Anna, 2014). From Guanda published The dwarf-tossing and other minimum philosophy exercises (2006, Philosophical Castiglioncello Prize 2007, non-fiction Prize City of Roses 2007), Staminalia (2008), The pocket philosopher (2009), Dictionary of uncommon ideas (2010, Award Capalbio 2011), Why pay bribes is rational but not worth it (2012) and Instructions to make themselves happy (2014, International Literary Prize Nino Martoglio 2014).