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ABOUT THIS WEB SITE
Surely you do not expect me to translate all these articles into English. Maybe you can use any available software to translate them, but do not trust the outcome. If you cannot read Italian, and are interested in a particular article, please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I could provide you with at least an abstract in English, if not the full text.
Let me briefly explain what you can find in this Web site.
In Chi sono I tell something about myself (a translator, unfortunately), as well as the origin of my surname and family from Ragusa/Dubrovnik (Croatia).
The only texts written in English, with no Italian translation, are three short stories I wrote to take part (unsuccessfully) in the Manchester Writing Competition. You can read it here: A Good Husband (2015), The Insect (2014), Buy Britain (2013).
Per me è arabo is a book I have written about the Middle East.
Absurdum is a book I have written about beliefs and religions, as seen by a sceptical non-believer. It includes most themes from the Religioni section below.
Non c’è più religione is a novel I have written. I spare you the details.
In Recensioni you can find book reviews. Again, please contact me if you are interested in an English version.
Articoli leads to a few articles I wrote on various subjects, here listed in a decreasing order of seriousness:
A Brief History of Palestine — From the Ottoman Empire to the birth of Israel (with the rest to follow later)
Palestina 1 The Ottoman Empire; A Home for the Jews; Herzl’s Zionism
Palestina 2 From the Ottomans to the British; The Balfour Declaration; The Settlement of the Middle East
Palestina 3 British Palestine; The Iron Wall
Palestina 4 Revolts and Terrorist Attacks; The Birth of Israel
Islamic Terrorism — Origins of the terrorist attacks that have caused bloodshed in the 21st century
Terrorismo islamico 1 The Terrorism Phenomenon
Terrorismo islamico 2 The Historical Context
Terrorismo islamico 3 The Cultural Context (Islamic Fundamentalism)
Afghanistan — History of Afghanistan from its birth in the 18th century to the Taliban
Afghanistan 1 From the birth of Afghanistan to the 1979 Soviet invasion
Afghanistan 2 From anti-Soviet jihad to the Taliban
Perché questo posto si chiama così? A look at place-names in my home region,
Friuli - Venezia Giulia
Il nostro inglese inesistente Pseudo-English words in Italian
Traduttori traditori Untranslatable words and mistranslations
99 centesimi di stupidità Why we pay 99-cent prices
Cristiani nel pallone A comment on Christian football players invoking their God
Primavera a Venezia An eventful trip to Venice, by courtesy of the Italian railways
In Religioni you can find over 30 articles concerning religion, beliefs, superstition, magic, relics, dreams, miracles, and more. These subjects are viewed with a sceptic eye, so do not expect to find any mysteries or supernatural revelations. Here are the articles and the subjects they examine:
Astrologia Astrology; view of the world in antiquity; watching the skies; myths and legends
Astri Stars and planets; Mesopotamian and Greek astrology; divination
Zodiaco The Zodiac; the number 12; horoscopes; precession of the equinoxes; April fools; constellations;
influence of the moon and planets; astrologers and politicians
Irrazionale Irrationality in the modern world; emotional and logical thinking
Settimana Mesopotamian origin of the week; Babylonian deities; names of days of the week
Nostradamus Predicting the future; Sarajevo; astrologers’ predictions; Nostradamus’ Centuries; Hitler and the
Magia Magical thinking; religion, magic and superstition; social function of magic
Stregoneria Witchcraft; conformity and scapegoats; witch hunt; hallucinogens; witches’ Sabbath
Vampiri Vampires; Dracula; origin of vampires; werewolves; zombies
Superstizioni Religious, cultural and personal superstitions; charms and amulets; origin of various superstitions
Causa ed effetto Cause and effect; Skinner’s pigeons; superstitious thinking; correlation and causality
Fenomeni Near-death experiences; out-of-body experiences
Paranormale Paranormal; telepathy, déjà vu, séances, dowsing; vibrations and energies; aura
Extraterrestri Alien abductions and sleep paralysis; UFOs; Martians; Roswell; life in the universe
Personalità Personality; fortune-telling; Barnum effect; Forer’s experiment; Rorschach test; graphology; statistical
Miracoli Miracles; tricks and supernatural abilities; invoking a saint
Guarigioni Healing; traditional and superstitious remedies; alternative medicines; miraculous healing
Lourdes Procedure to establish miraculous healing; spontaneous remissions
Quarantena Ragusa (Dubrovnik) and quarantine; the Pleiades and the period of 40 days; birth of the lazaretto;
various Marys in the Gospels
Sogni Production of dreams; REM and non-REM sleep; sleep paralysis; interpretation of dreams; false
memories; clairvoyant dreams; symbolism in dreams
Allucinazioni Hallucinations; altered states of consciousness; illusions; pareidolia; apophenia
Estasi Symptoms of ecstasy; stigmata; crucifixion; Padre Pio
Apparizioni Apparitions; Taiping rebellion in China; apparitions of the Virgin Mary; Lourdes; Guadalupe
Fatima Apparitions in Fatima; the three secrets of Fatima; dance of the sun
Lacrimazioni Weeping statues of the Virgin Mary; Civitavecchia; Syracuse, Sicily; explanation
Reliquie Relics; holiness and magical thinking; authenticity of relics; non-Christian traditions; relics in
Christianity; medieval trade in relics
Magi Zoroastrian Magi; Biblical prophecies; the star of Bethlehem; Christian calendar; Slaughter of the
Vera Croce Christ’s True Cross; Jerusalem rebuilt; St Helena and the True Cross; titulus crucis; crown of thorns
Sindone The Shroud of Turin and other shrouds; origin of the Shroud of Turin; scientific tests
San Giacomo St James in Spain; Compostela; Dioscuri; the Celts and the New Age
San Gennaro Liquefaction of the blood of St Januarius; thixotropic compound
Vangeli 1 Is there anything true in the Gospels?
Vangeli 2 Is there an original text of the Gospels?
Betlemme The birth of Jesus in the Gospels
Millenarismo Waiting for Jesus to return
San Paolo 1 Resurrected who? Saint Paul and the birth of Christianity (I)
San Paolo 2 Resurrected who? Saint Paul and the birth of Christianity (II)
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