The waning of mind maps

Aldo Matteucci

07 June 2024

In order to survive, a hunter-gatherer of yore (or his contemporaries today) needed a mind map with information on game, water, berries, roots, at different times of day and ...

Religious history and big data

Aldo Matteucci

Micawberism: \'The improvident state or habitually optimistic point of view\' (Merriam-Webster definition) Governments have been caught spying on each other. So what else is new? Before making informed decisions, governments weigh the benefits and costs of action. To this end, they gather, b...

Video games for diplomats?

Aldo Matteucci

04 May 2024

Diplomacy is an art, where \'art\' can be described as applying rules in a complex, ever-changing, and surprising context. It is an exercise in discernment, understanding what can and cannot be a...

The winding road to understanding soft power

Aldo Matteucci

22 April 2024

In my blog entry The Soft Underbelly of \'Soft\' Power – I, I waxed sceptical about Joseph S. Nye’s ‘soft power’. I disliked the intertwining of persuasion and brute power. Persuasion bac...

How does identity impact segregation?

Aldo Matteucci

10 April 2024

\'Identity politics is back\', opines a comment to my blog post The Trump Swerve. I admit to having difficulties with the concept of \'identity\'. To put my queasiness into perspective, let ...

How do problem-solving and rules impact decision-making?

Aldo Matteucci

03 April 2024

In her delightful non-fiction book, Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Selves, neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland points out that problem-solving is peculiar to higher forms of life and refer...

What is revolution?

Aldo Matteucci

26 March 2024

The Lucerne Music Festival is running this year’s programme on the theme of ‘Revolution’; even this hailed concept has turned into a money-making tool. The Swiss establishment paper Neue Z...

Eisenhower’s Cold War strategy and the Dulles brothers

Aldo Matteucci

18 March 2024

This post is a musing on Stephen Kinzer\'s book The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles & Their Secret World War. Rising tensions and the A...

Hitler’s impact: Catalysing Europe’s fall and USA’s rise to power

Aldo Matteucci

08 March 2024

George Friedman is the CEO of the renowned private intelligence corporation Stratfor, and he specialises in the analysis of international conflicts. His credentials notably include studying the p...