Between Two Worlds : Memoirs of a Philosopher-Scientist by Mario Bunge PDF

By Mario Bunge

To wade through the pages of the Autobiography of Mario Bunge is to accompany him via dozens of nations and consider the highbrow, political, philosophical and clinical spheres of the final hundred years. it really is an event that oscillates among diverse worlds: the several and the same, the pro and the personal.

It is a longtime incontrovertible fact that one in every of his nice loves used to be, and nonetheless is, technological know-how. He has continuously been devoted to medical paintings, instructing, study, and coaching women and men in a number of disciplines. existence classes fall like ripe fruit from this ebook, bringing us toward an idea, a philosophical notion, a systematic digression, which had on the grounds that been exposed in several notes, articles or books.

Bunge writes in regards to the existence studies during this ebook with ardour, naturalness and with a colloquial frankness, whether or not they be persecutions, banishment, imprisonment, successes, would-be losses, feelings, relationships, debates, impressions or reviews approximately humans or things.

In his pages we go through the folk with whom he shared a fruitful century of achievements and excellent depths of notion. every little thing is remembered with sincerity and humor.

This autobiography is, honestly, Bunge on Bunge, sharing every thing that passes throughout the sieve of his reminiscence, as he may say.

Mario’s many grandchildren are a testomony to his proud status as a relatives guy, and on the age of ninety six he offers us a publication for everybody: when you worth the stories that carry the trauma of his existence in addition to should you proportion his ardour for technology and tradition. additionally, probably, for a few with whom he has had disagreements or controversy, for he nonetheless merits acceptance for being a staunch defender of his convictions.

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An economist would say that he was a perfectionist, whereas I was a satisficer. I made long bicycle trips or travelled by train in the company of a few dogs, as far as Don Torcuato, a village a few kilometers from the nearest river, the Reconquista. Until an American tyre factory dumped its noxious refuse into the river one could swim in it and catch fish, eel, and large bivalves. The lush adjoining land used to teem with large lizards, wild turkeys, birds of all colors, and huge anthills that floated when the river overflowed.

Most grown-ups do not realize the cruelties children can learn from adult texts and films. But by far our favorite game was soccer, which we played in the empty lot across the street. ” Those who despise soccer do not realize what an intelligent and elegant game it is, where competition combines with cooperation, and where honorable behavior is encouraged while cheating is penalized. Besides, this game gives one the chance to improvise, which in turn calls for imagination and initiative, as well as nimbleness and courage.

Héctor Genoud, the second in rank, was goodnatured and an excellent classmate, always ready to lend a hand. He urged me to join his club, where we played water polo, and I injured my back in overrating my ability at high trampoline jumping. I also made friends with Martín Noël, a member of the wealthy family who owned the factory that manufactured popular evil-tasting chocolate. He was unpretentious and irreverent like me, and became an expert in Argentine literature. I was also close to Jorge Pena, the son of a Socialist alderman, and the only one of us who had heard the admirable slogan of the 1789 French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

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