Professor Giuseppe Cognetti teaches Philosophy at the University of Siena, which is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Italy, dating back to the thirteenth century.
Professor Cognetti is a fascinating man. Not only is he a world renown scholar, he’s also regarded in academic circles as being an expert on eastern esoterica and mysticism.
He’s an adviser to the International Association for the Study of Religious Phenomena, plus he teaches yoga and Taiji Quan.
He’s also published several books with such titles as:
- The size of the Heart
- The Lost Ark
- Beyond Nihilism
- Is peace an utopia?
- The Dark Age
Today he did a wonderful interview with me for the film.
He spoke passionately and volubly – all in Italian! – referencing Jungian psychology, the Collective Unconscious, contemporary scientific thought in physics, and ancient philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle – all to explain the phenomenon of intuition.
His son Paolo translated wonderfully, and his wife Mariaester watched on and occasionally chipped in. Giuseppe explained to us how his intuition led him to the young lady who would later become his wife. And he stressed that intuition should be tempered with logic.
We did the interview at his home in the Tuscan hills behind Florence. In the far background the huge dome of the Duomo gleamed in the late afternoon sun.
The professor is the first of quite a few interviews which I’ll be doing over the next several days in and around Florence, and next week in Rome. Our researcher / production assistant Elena is doing a terrific job at securing these interviews.
As well, she’s found a great location in the heart of the historic centre of Florence to shoot a sequence of me researching medieval texts on intuition.
Finally this Italian part of the film is coming together!