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Lars Jaeger October 2, 2016 , 0

Science and Spirituality – On differences and similarities

When it comes to deeper knowledge or insights, a successful life, or even wisdom, the natural sciences find themselves in a rather difficult spot in broad public perception. Whoever is looking for vital joy, seeks to explore the mysteries of the world, or seeks erudition and understanding is more likely to browse through books on […]

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The great disillusionment - Nothing but the Standard Model at the LHC so far

The excitement among physicists was enormous, when on July 4th 2012 the CERN announced that a new particle had been discovered: the Higgs boson. For once the international newspapers were full of reports on fundamental research in particle physics. Finally the so called “standard model” had received a solid foundation and was thus complete. At […]

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A new era? – On the final recognition of human influence on the global climate

The “International Geological Congress”, which since 1878 takes place every three to five-years, normally does not create a great deal of public attention. The importance of that meeting for the lives of the vast majority of our contemporaries ranks somewhere between the annual meeting of the US Wrestling Federation and the congregation of the Ornithologists’ […]

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Lars Jaeger August 20, 2016 , 0

Virtual reality and consciousness technologies - The new possibilities of brain-computer interfaces

Not just since the new Pokémon craze or the Gamescom exhibition seems virtual reality (VR) currently on everyone’s lips. Just a few weeks ago it had already been the topic of this blog. We thus saw that an important philosophical insight from our experience with VR is that the mental image of ourselves (what the […]

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Lars Jaeger August 6, 2016 , 0

Science in the transformation of society, society in the transformation of science - On the demands and expectations on modern science

“There is a tendency to forget that the entire field of science is closely bound to the whole of human culture and that any discoveries outside its cultural frame are meaningless. A theoretical science that not is aware of that (…) will inevitably be cut off from the rest of the cultural community.” So wrote […]

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Lars Jaeger July 21, 2016 , 0

Alterations of our consciousness, avatars and virtual worlds - From manipulating our mind to changing our phenomenal self-perception

For years, scientists as well as technology firms have proclaimed the imminent emergence of a technology that promises to have a massive impact on our daily lives: virtual reality (VR). Companies like Facebook and Sony spend billions of dollars to play with a new kind of reality – and this is to be taken literally, […]

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Lars Jaeger July 9, 2016 , 0

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - The dawn of Modernism in natural philosophy

The ranks of the polymaths are only very sparsely filled in our times. Rather, whoever claims in the 21st century to be at the forefront of multiple scientific discipline, is likely to receive nothing more than a sympathetic smile by his contemporaries. Too complex and too diverse are the many various fields of today’s science, […]

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Lars Jaeger June 19, 2016 , 0

Georges Lemaître and the Big Bang - When a priest corrected Einstein's worldview

The excitement was great when in February this year researchers at the international LIGO Virgo Collaboration announced that for the first time they had directly measured gravitational waves. Now they managed to do so for the second time. And again praises are dedicated to Albert Einstein, who in his greatest stroke of genius formulated the […]

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Lars Jaeger June 2, 2016 , 0

Genetics between almightiness and nightmare - CRISPR and the future of the human genome

“In the beginning was the Word. Thus it doth say! Here I’m balked! Who’ll help me onward? “ So Goethe makes his protagonist Faust speak in face of the first words in John’s Gospel. They refer, of course, to the eternal Word of God in creating the world and all of life. Modern science, in […]

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Lars Jaeger May 19, 2016 , 2

Quantum computers – The next revolution in the information technology of the 21st century?

An expression that to most people sounds as scary and bizarre as exciting-and futuristic increasingly makes its way into the sphere of public attention. It combines the apparent technological omnipotence of digital computing with the awe-inspiring complexity and abstractness of the most important theory in 20th century’s physics: the word is out on the “quantum […]

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