Profile: Claudio Resta

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Claudio Resta was born in Genoa, Italy in 1958, he is a citizen of the world (Spinoza), a maverick philosopher and interdisciplinary expert, and an artist, too.

Grew up in a family of scientists where many sciences were represented from philosophy to psychoanalysis, from economics to history, from mathematics to physics, and where these sciences were subject to public display by their subject experts family members, and all those who they were part of could participate in a public family dialogue/debate on these subjects if they so wished.

Just to mention the level of this un-official family Academy, his grandfather Raffaele Resta was one of the greatest Italian philosophers and education scientists of the first half of the 20th century, the Nobel prize winner Franco Modigliani was the best childhood friend of his father, the psychoanalyst Giorgio Resta and his uncle Manlio Resta was an important Italian economist of the mid-twentieth century.

Claudio Resta graduated in Economics and Commerce in 1986 from the University of Genoa and soon moved to New York City to try to establish himself as a conceptual minimalist visual artist where he had several experiences and interactions with the architect Philip Johnson.

He later returned to Italy where for many years he was a simple high school economics teacher, a job he didn’t particularly like, but which gave him a certain freedom to travel abroad in Europe and return to the United States, study and research all his life long and realize his works of art (a very important activity for him!). This could have happened thanks to his job due to the long holidays and the few working hours that it allowed. (a sine cura)

Earlier Days – Claudio Resta

Like an eighteenth-century Libertine in the Enlightenment era, Claudio Resta is a proponent of freedom of thought and, in particular, of emancipation from “faith” and from contemporary Western “morality” and its clichés (pay attention to those of today! not the eighteenth-century ones!) and the search for freedom (free speech vs political correctness) was his main goal in life! (”libertà va cercando, ch’è sì cara, come sa chi per lei vita rifiuta. (Dante, ‎20/‎12/‎2022Purgatorio canto I vv. 70-72) English: ”freedom goes looking for, which is so dear, as knows who refuses life for her.”

Obviously also in scientific and political thought as well as in Art.

Precisely from his family background and in his formative age, he developed the conviction that truth, both scientific and philosophical, is essentially a free research, a critical activity much more than a predefined and already existing objective and achieved by someone and sanctioned by an academic or peer-reviewed truth is rather a goal yet to be achieved.

Alongside a valorization of history, especially of the specific history of each discipline which he considers very instructive because it teaches the relativism of the current truth of the discipline at every time and its questionability.

Which is an open not necessarily progressive and non-progressive or in any case skeptical or critical vision of society and science becomes a very instructive teaching.

And to achieve more advanced and profound knowledge he is a convinced advocate of the opportunity and of the need to achieve, as far as possible, interdisciplinary training and education as broad as possible.

He is a convinced supporter of the opportunity and the need to carry out a holistic de-specialization of the whole knowledge as far as allowed by a synthetic reconfiguration of the sciences of it still to be carried out as far as bearable by man’s intellectual capacities and forces in terms of the science of education.

Because the human brain with its synapses, he believes, is the most powerful computer, at least potentially, because it is freer, more efficient, and more flexible in its associations and correlations than any algorithm and software, even if created from the same brain, but in that case limited and conditioned by the rigidity and way of being plastered by automated and mechanical algorithms and software!

Other criticisms that he addresses of the contemporary scientific approach are directed against materialism, mechanism, reductionism, and the orientation exclusively towards quantitative criteria rather than qualitative as they are more comfortable to approach, to treat, and elaborate with the dominant statistical methods today. But not good enough to find eventual causal links.

At the same time, he developed a very critical and opposed approach to the so-called ‘scientific truth’, to test and verify its solidity.

For the same reasons, he has developed the same very critical and oppositional attitude in the field of political science towards the official narrative of the mainstream media.

In fact, growing up and living in Genoa in the 1970s, hot years of low-intensity civil war, gave him the opportunity to see and experience the Strategy of Tension at its peak, COINTELPRO and Blue Moon.

Thank God (and himself!) also because he was then too young to really get really involved in, and, he had then the good venture not to be directly involved in these events but he did however have the opportunity to get to know directly almost peers in non-political situations, who, some of them later, it would be known that they had been (apparently) both far-right and far-left red and black terrorists.

And to know their “normality” after all and their idealism even if now it may seem strange to say.

And instead to know the malignant nature of that State and of that Deep State which they opposed, albeit with the wrong means.

As otherwise had JFK, Martin Luther King, and Bob Kennedy. Between the years 1990 and 2010 he also had the opportunity to know, appreciate, and personally meet both Lyndon LaRouche and Webster Tarpley.

The heresy and the scandal of a reversal of values with respect to the mainstream and dominant ones.

All these opportunities allowed him to easily reach a revised contemporary historical vision of those years and those that followed them very dissonant from that of the mainstream narrative