The Future of Nuclear Energy

Events in Fukushima continue to illustrate the dangers of nuclear power. Technological progress requires us to examine the moral dimensions of energy policy. How can society cope with a danger that is both statistically marginal and potentially devastating?

When Japan Sneezes, Ge...

In the German media, doomsday scenarios dominate reporting about Fukushima. In the US, the crisis is staged as the story of heroic emergency workers. But the dramatization misses the point. We look out into the world - and only care about ourselves.

Responsible Leadership...

The catastrophe in Fukushima puts many supposed truths about nuclear energy into question. Politicians need to address three basic points: the potential for worst-case scenarios, the long-term effects of radioactivity and the public's demand for transparency. Events in Japan might prove to be a cruc

Radiation and Reason...

If we believe the headlines, it almost seems as if Japan was rocked by nuclear explosions, not by an earthquake. But our fears of radiation are overblown. Correctly understood, the dangers from nuclear fission are limited and manageable. The debate must be dominated by scientific facts, not by irrat


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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