What do we read in the Scientific Dialogic Gatherings (SDGs)?

"[…] in dialogical learning, people decide collectively, through discussion, the aim and
contents of their discussion.
" (Flecha, 2000, p. 17)

The people participating in SDGs are the ones who choose the works read and shared. This is based on a selection of proposals using the following criteria:

  • Classical texts from the scientific field must be selected, and when selecting current texts, they must be published in journals with scientific impact, validated by the international scientific community.
  • The authors must be figures whose contributions have had global impact.
  • The impact classification of scientific journals should be taken into account.
  • The works must be original texts belonging to the original source or author.
  • The works must have some criteria of excellence.
  • The works must make a social contribution.
  • In the case of translated texts, the quality of the translation must be ensured.
  • The participants’ ability to work on a text with a certain level of difficulty must not be underestimated as in these cases, there are much greater opportunities for understanding and reflecting together.


Suggested texts / articles

  • “A new therapeutic target for acute myeloid leukemia” in Journal Leukemia
  • “Changing the memory to prevent gender violence” in Human Neuroscience Lab
  • “Controversial Gene-Editing Approach Gains Ground” in Scientific American
  • “Darwin Now” (Eight passages out of 14) from http://www.wwf.gr/images/pdfs/pe/Darwin_now_exhibition_guide_gr.pdf
  • “Forever young” in Science
  • “Healthy diet tied to lower risk of cognitive decline” in Neurology
  • “Healthy heart may also mean healthy brain” in Journal of the American Heart Association
  • “Killing us softly – Mutagenicity and toxicity of pesticides” (Scientific article from a scientific booklet)
  • “Letter to Mrs. Cristina de Lorena, Grand Duchess of Tuscany” by Galileo Galilei
  • “Neuroscience: The Risks of Reading the Brain” in Nature
  • “Southern Ocean warming delayed by circumpolar upwelling and equatorward transport” in Nature
  • “The city is the highest form of society” taken from Aristotle’s “Politics”
  • “The weather is changing – our food must change too”
  • etc.

Suggested books

  • Darwin, C. - On the Origin of Species
  • Galileo, G. - Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Ptolemaic and Copernican systems in the world
  • Copernicus, N. - On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  • Kepler, J. - The secret of the universe
  • Levi-Montalcini, Rita (2011). Praise of Imperfection. Barcelona: Tusquets. (Original published in 1987: Praising dell'imperfezione).
  • Kandel, R. (2007). In Search of Memory: The emergence of a New Science of Mind. NY: Norton & Company.
  • Hawkings, S. - Great design
  • Hawkings, S. - The theory of everything
  • Ramon y Cajal, S. - Rules and advices on scientific investigation
  • Ramon y Cajal, S. - Recollections of my life
  • Descartes, R. - Discourse on the Method
  • Lucretius, T. - De Rerum Natura
  • Newton, I. - Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
  • etc.


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