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Encyclopedia > Piero Scaruffi

Piero Scaruffi (born in Trivero, Italy, in 1955, but based in California since 1983) is an Italian poet, historian and scientist. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...



As a poet he was awarded several national prizes in his home country, Italy.[citation needed] His most notable poem is widely considered "Dialogo degli Amanti/ Dialogue of the Lovers", a dialogue among three characters (identified as "m", "f" and " ", the third one being probably a reference to a superhuman entity).

In 2007 he was awarded the Fog City Writers prize for poetry.[1]


Scaruffi has published books on the history of rock music, on avantgarde music and a book on the USA. His most popular book is A History of Rock Music (2003), a thick scholarly work that spans 50 years of the genre. His writing on music is hosted online [2] and includes a history of jazz and a history of modern classical music. Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...

His rock history has become famous[citation needed] over the Internet partly because of its controversial[citation needed] ratings, which often disagree with most[citation needed] of the worldwide music critics. The most significant example is his page about the Beatles, who, in Scaruffi's opinion, are the most overrated band ever.


Piero Scaruffi researched in artificial intelligence from 1987 till 1996, both in the corporate and academic world (with stints as visiting scholar at the MIT and at Stanford University). Afterwards, he conducted independent research on neuroscience, that resulted in his book Thinking About Thought (2003) and lectures at several academic institutions. Hondas humanoid robot, ASIMO The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first used by John McCarthy who used it to mean the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.[1] It can also refer to intelligence as exhibited by an artificial (man-made, non-natural, manufactured) entity. ... Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, MapúaTech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila. ... Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ...

His basic tenet is that consciousness is due to a general property of matter. This line of research led him to revisit physics. His most important contribution is a theory of how quantum mechanics could be an emergent phenomenon due to the "ripples" caused by the observer traveling through spacetime.[citation needed] Fig. ...

Believing that one cannot understand the human mind without first understanding what the human mind does, and that, fundamentally, the human mind creates civilizations, he also embarked in a study of the history of knowledge.

In the 1980s, as a computer scientist working at a large computer maker, he pioneered Internet applications, Artificial Intelligence and object-orientated design. As an outgrowth of his computer job, he pioneered Internet-based journalism: in 1985 he created his first e-zine, distributed by e-mail over the Internet, that eventually evolved into his website www.scaruffi.com, originally devoted to rock music only (several years before such websites became ubiquitous).

He has been on the board of the art magazine Leonardo (MIT Press). MIT Press Books The MIT Press is a university publisher affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...


His metaphysics is based on his studies in Physics. Scaruffi reached the conclusion that Relativity Theory is about the universe, about the dimensions of existence, whereas Quantum Theory is about the human world of objects, about the world of "sizes". Relativistic spacetime is the equivalent of an ocean, and quantum values are the equivalent of the ripples caused by an object moving through the ocean of spacetime: Relativity is the theory about the ocean, and Quantum Theory is the theory about the ripples. Quantum Theory describes the ripples caused in spacetime by energy-matter in motion.

Notable publications

  • Scaruffi, Piero. (2007). A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000. ISBN 978-0-9765531-3-7
  • Scaruffi, Piero. (2007). A History of Popular Music before Rock Music. ISBN 978-0-9765531-2-0
  • Scaruffi, Piero. (2006). The Nature of Consciousness. ISBN 0976553112
  • Scaruffi, Piero. (2003). A History of Rock Music. iUniverse. ISBN 0595295657
  • Scaruffi, Piero. (2003). Thinking About Thought: A primer on the new science of mind. iUniverse. ISBN 0595264204

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