Blog Lars Jaeger

Lars Jaeger June 7, 2015 , 2

An update on the climate debate - New confusion in old data

Those of us less educated in geoscience may find it difficult to keep track of the variety of aspects within the global climate debate. The last news from geo-science is likely to lead to more confusion than clarity: The measured slowing of global warming since 1998, which has troubled climate researchers and models in the […]

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Lars Jaeger May 27, 2015 , 0

John Forbes Nash - Death of a beautiful mind

The mathematical and economics communities mourn the death of John Nash, for both one of their respective greatest minds. A life that had begun in the midst of the great crises of the 20th century and which had born more intellectual highs and lows than hardly any other found its tragic end in an event […]

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Lars Jaeger May 16, 2015 , 0

The beginning of modern medicine 150 years ago - Louis Pasteur and the germ theory of diseases

Even those who hold a rather skeptical views on the achievements of modern science and technology can barely imagine a life without modern medicine. Neither that 150 years ago surviving many infections was a matter of luck, and many of today’s seemingly harmless childhood diseases were fatal because the doctors were just not able to […]

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Lars Jaeger May 2, 2015 , 0

The beginning of a new age? - Genetic engineering in the human hereditary line

At first there were only rumors, but they were sufficient to bring a number of the most prominent biochemists in the world together for a pledge, the type of which we rarely ever receive from scientist: a call for self-restraint (see blog from March 29 2015). A pledge as dramatic as this one might have […]

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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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