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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Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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