Category Archives: ideas

The unethical side of the ethics committee

If you ever were involved in research on human subjects or animals, you know about the giant hurdle you have to jump. While funding, performing the experiments, evaluating the data and publication might be difficult and time consuming, the greatest … Continue reading

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Why college might not be the best idea – at least not for everyone

Recently this video appeared in the iTunes feed of TED talks, and everybody seems to be impressed by the novel approach of studio schooling. The idea, that you can improve schooling with a hands-on approach and much more practical training … Continue reading

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Riot Clean Up – an emergent phenomenon

It is only a small step from order to chaos in an unstable society, and I will not comment on the proximate causes of the UK riots (even if I have some thoughts on the ultimate cause) as the difference … Continue reading

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An optimist talks about the future

Mark Stevenson is a clever and funny man, so he became a comedian. But he is also a curious man with an open mind and a positive attitude towards new things, and so he toured the world and wrote a … Continue reading

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“Sum” and “Other people”

Several weeks ago Neil Denny did an interview for little atoms with David Eagleman. And as usual with little atoms, my reading list increased, with even more books on the stack around my room. Although they mainly discussed his book … Continue reading

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Selfish reasons to have more kids

Last week I finished reading Bryan Caplan‘s new book “selfish reasons to have more kids” right in time before Russ Roberts discussed the book in this week’s econtalk. Caplan takes a skeptical look at the tendency of today’s parents to … Continue reading

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A thread for the future – not only for fashion aficionados

I just watched this TED talk by Fiorenzo Omenetto about the amazing qualities of silk: Especially the section where he talked about timed degradation of the material made me think. If this works out as presented (and basic research always … Continue reading

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