Category Archives: politics

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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Raay-Stones and monetary history

In this weeks Skeptics Guide to the Universe Rebecca Watson mentioned a tribe using large stones being used as money – these are called the Rai-Stones (or Raay-Stones) from the island of Yap. While listening I was reminded of an … Continue reading

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The Shadow-man – from Goebbels to Carlos

Last week I’ve been reading “Der Schattenmann” (the shadow-man) by Willi Winkler, a really scary book about François Genoud. He was a lifelong admirer of Adolf Hitler and took care that the heirs of Martin Bormann and Josef Goebbels would … Continue reading

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The fight of the century

Russ Roberts has once more improved my week. The new econtalk is an excellent discussion with John Papola on the new Keynes-Hayek Rap-Video. Although they seem to have planned to discuss the video / filming part as well, they mainly … Continue reading

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