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Lars Jaeger April 18, 2015 , 1

What holds the world together at its heart - on atoms, shunyata and quantum fields

It is well known that the origin of (Western) philosophical thinking lies in ancient Greece. 2500 years ago the first philosophers, instead of describing the world as a playground for gods and supernatural powers, began to consider natural causes for what is happening in the world around them. Thereby they immediately focused their attention on […]

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Lars Jaeger April 12, 2015 , 0

On "climate skepticism" and modern metaphysics - How we can identify global connections and dependencies in an event 200 years ago

The year 2015 comes with numerous anniversaries, the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, 70 years after the ending of World War II, to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the iron curtain. Switzerland celebrates the battles of Morgarten, 1315, and Marignano, 1515 (which in this country triggers some rather strange historical reflections), […]

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Lars Jaeger March 29, 2015 , 1

We need philosophers again - On the responsibility of future science

Those who begin their university studies in the subject of philosophy, often face questions like “What kind of job do you think you will later be able to get with such a degree?” Or even: “Maybe you should start taking your taxi driver’s license exam alongside your studies?” Although the prospects for professional philosophers have […]

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Lars Jaeger March 21, 2015 , 2

Now it gets really exciting - the new LHC and the prospect of a new physics

We are not used to associate the word “suspense” with modern physics. In general, physicists are considered to be sober, barely excitable contemporaries. Strong emotional outbursts are rather the exception in their community. One of those we were able to witness on July 4th 2012, when the European Nuclear Research Centre CERN, home of the […]

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Lars Jaeger March 14, 2015 , 0

On big promises and its consequences - money, egos, and politics in neuroscience

In international politics, depending on your perspective, a drama, a comedy or a tragedy is currently unfolding. A country that after many years of cronyism of its leaders has been saved from bankruptcy by hundreds of billions of euros of public money from its European partners after having made extensive promises and given far reaching […]

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Lars Jaeger March 8, 2015 , 0

Fast and slow thinking - on anecdotes and evidence-based knowledge

It is hard to believe that in a highly developed country like Germany infants die of measles, a disease for which there has been an effective and compared to the infection itself, which especially for adults can come with severe symptoms, almost risk-free vaccination for decades. However, especially in supposedly educated classes we can sometimes […]

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Open Science - On new ways of communication and scientific hygiene

On July 5, 1687 one of the most important books in the history of Science was published, the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton. Already more than a year earlier, in April 1686, had the work been presented to the Royal Society, which had finally agreed on 30 June of that year to publish […]

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The ordinariness of the revolutionary - How scientific developments enable us to take a brief look at a possible future

Recently the Japanese Bank Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ announced that it would soon start testing a humanoid robot in customer service in order to cope with the expected increased flow of foreign customers during the Olympics in Tokyo in five years time. Almost simultaneously the computer entrepreneur Bill Gates articulated his concern about the developments […]

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Lars Jaeger February 8, 2015 0

Research behind the walls of a monastery - Where genetics originated 150 years ago

The regular readers of newspapers know that major scientific breakthroughs receive nowhere near the level of public interest enjoyed by such events as the presentation of the new iPhone, the discussions around the complacent posturing of a newly elected Greek government, or the annual rendezvous of a self-proclaimed world’s elite in Davos. And this even […]

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Lars Jaeger January 25, 2015 0

Neuroscience - A science on its way to adulthood

While very few naturalists and philosophers of antiquity ascribed an important function to the brain (for Aristotle it was no more than a cooling device for the blood), it stands at the center of much of the scientific endeavor to understand the nature of us human beings today. Yet for much of the 20th century […]

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