Why Do We Give?

Charitable giving is seen by some as an integral part of the human condition, a reflection of our empathy and compassion. Yet charity is practiced differently across cultures, religions, and worldviews. Why do we give, and what role does charity play in our varied societies?

In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us pleasingly veiled. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Renaissance of Salon Culture

What is the history of salon culture? How did the salon contribute to the formation of a European public sphere? In what ways did salons create new forms of community through culture and ideas? What lessons can be learned for communication, discursive action and human interaction today? These are q

Transforming education in the digital age

Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education

The digital Revolution in Europe

50 entertaining questions about the digital Revolution in Europe.

Being Human Matters

How do we define what is human and what is not?

Deadly Hesitation

The notion of the universality of human rights is morally undeniable. Why do we struggle to act on them?

Project W

In the face of thriving nationalism, terrorism and upcoming wars Europe and the US need to build a strong alliance – otherwise they will not only harm themselves but one another.

Veganism without Animal Rights

In less than five minutes, we will show you that you are committed to veganism.

What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Zombies?

A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of the undead.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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