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Jörg Friedrich

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ArteFacts

Where do facts come from? How can we decide whether something is true, or right, or good? Jörg Friedrich writes about the intersection of science, philosophy, and public policy.

The future of Europe‘s political map

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A reorganization of political structures at the level of national cultural identities doesn’t necessarily mean separatism for Europe.

06.11.2014

Back to the future

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If a time traveler from the 1950s came to visit us today, he wouldn’t be impressed by our so-called technological innovations: they would be all too familiar to him.

08.10.2014

Local is the new digital

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Buying on the Internet is easy and convenient, but it cannot replace the experience you get from buying from your local dealer.

19.09.2014

Familiar Feelings

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Donating sperm is much more than a mundane transaction; it is an act of responsibility. Biology will ensure that you get what you give.

09.07.2013

The Writing on the Wall

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Digital natives are quick to spell doom for the traditional media business, and Facebook, Twitter, or the blogosphere serve as their instruments for doing so. Media makers and journalists are shaken to the core and thereby overlook the essential thing: their own strength.

02.07.2013

The Classification of Reality

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The nature-versus-nurture debate cuts straight through contemporary discourses on gender and gender roles. But it's based on a misunderstanding of how the world works.

25.06.2013

A New Earth

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Not all scientific projects that will soon become feasible are also desirable. One example: terraforming on Mars.

11.06.2013

What Did You Learn in School Today?

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As educational budgets are slashed, private corporations fill the void by providing free textbooks on climate change and sustainability.

04.06.2013

Idle Knowledge

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Education should not be defended on strict utilitarian grounds. Children should spend their school years learning all the things they will not need later in life.

21.05.2013

The Quest for Imperfection

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To tech enthusiasts, the world is a problem waiting to be solved through progress. But what if many of us are quite content to live imperfectly?

13.05.2013

The Least Bad Option

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Instead of locking nuclear waste away in deep repositories, we should entrust it to the care of future generations. Our responsibility must become their responsibility.

07.05.2013

Biology Is Irrelevant

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The debate over same-sex marriage shows that we have already abandoned a definition of love based in biology.

30.04.2013
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