The Science of Prayer

75 percent of Europeans are Christians, and 60 percent consider themselves religious. But what happens when two worlds collide, and science tries to explain what it means to believe and to pray?

Flat Rate to Allah...

Five daily prayers form the basis of Islamic life - even today, and even in the West

Why? ...

Prayer: A friendly conversation, and an offer to unload the weight we carry through the world. Even if we can't get an answer to questions of "Why?", it is still worth asking.

On the Dual Nature of ...

Organized religions might be archaic, but faith is not. Cast in the middle of the material world, we remain deeply spiritual beings.

It's a Brain Puzzle...

When we look at prayer through the lens of neuroscience, we can make an interesting observation: Talking to God is not really different from talking to one's friends and neighbors.


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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