My teachers used to tell me: “Tozzi, be on focus”. But I never liked “to be on focus”: I like a lot to play with hidden, unexpected multidisciplinary relationships. Despite my harsh criticism to current attitudes toward scientific issues, I never take a full sceptic turn: I engage in “pragmaticistic” active outreach, showing how fresh interpretation of everlasting questions sheds new light on countless scientific issues. Here I try to provide scientific… questions to classical answers through the unusual format of the Quodlibets. The Medieval quodlibetal (quodlibet= any whatever) questions consisted in raising issues or objections about anything from basic Christian issues to heretic controversies. Open to a broader public - masters, students from different schools, ecclesiastical and civil authorities - these questions could be posed by any member of the audience without any prior notice. While Medieval philosophers favoured a methodology consisting of the Aristotelian deductive logic, I will use a twofold approach to my quodlibetal questions: 1) the Galilean inductive method distinctive of the current scientific attitude; 2) a metatheoretic starting point that I term “testable rationalism”: sharp experimental previsions arising from top-down, deductive mathematical/topological approaches. In this paper, going through physical, biological, neuroscientific and philosophical issues, I do hope that the reader will forgive me.
N.B: a long list of keywords can be found in the footnotes.
…and, of course, thanks to my friend James Peters and his enthusiasm.