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Andrea Ruggeri

I did a BA in Political Science because I was quite involved in politics. I had (sic) my bold and intransigent ideas and a clear narrative of the world. What was right and wrong was crystalline to me, and I wanted to make changes. Well, then I discovered the scientific part of Political Science. How facts and data can be collected. How we can find patterns, we can test our ideas (or hypotheses). I experienced the great excitement to challenge urban myths and explore the counterintuitive. And I found great to conclude that we can be wrong! I study war, human rights abuses and violence. I still want to resolve conflicts and stop human right violations, but I have learnt how difficult can be to analyse and interpret facts. I embrace Harry Callahan ‘s epistemology on opinions without data. Hence, theories are great, but how would you know if you were wrong?

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