It would have been a disaster for Britain to join the euro. Jack Straw

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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.

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

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Many of us lack a basic understanding of scientific problems – with far-reaching political consequences.

16.04.2013

Holy Days

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Religious holidays have become cornerstones of the secular calendar even as their original meaning is ignored.

02.04.2013

Masters of Our Fate

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Fate and destiny have long been used to explain historical developments and personal biographies. But can they survive the 21st century?

21.03.2013

Who Drives, Who's Being Driven?

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Are we the drivers of technological innovation, or passengers on the digital train?

05.03.2013

A Word Comes Opportunely Into Play

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Words are weapons. And they often tell us remarkably little about the underlying ideas.

19.02.2013

Of Lawyers and Salesmen

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What’s the difference between a vacuum cleaner salesman and a politician?

15.01.2013

The Importance of Being Forgetful

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Our ability to archive increasing amounts of data is threatening one of the fundamental aspects of human cultural development: our ability to forget.

08.01.2013

The Final Frontier

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The Mayan calendar was based on the assumption that the history of a people is finite. Our Roman calendar is infinite – and it might outlive our civilization.

25.12.2012

Things That Matter

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The only things that really matter are those that cannot be easily bought and sold.

18.12.2012

The End of Climate Politics

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The Doha Conference has illustrated the inability of the international community to pursue global solutions. Maybe it’s time to shift to a more local approach.

11.12.2012

Journalism Still Matters

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A debate over content aggregation has pitted Google against several of Germany’s biggest publishing houses. Many online activists have sided with the search giant – and seem to forget that their natural ally are professional journalists.

04.12.2012

The Approval Bias

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Facebook’s lack of a dislike button is no surprise: our public sphere is structured to favor approval and consent over disapproval and dissent.

27.11.2012
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