By Jörg Friedrich - 5. 11. 2014

A reorganization of political structures at the level of national cultural identities doesn’t necessarily mean separatism for Europe....

By Jörg Friedrich - 7. 10. 2014

If a time traveler from the 1950s came to visit us today, he wouldn’t be impressed by our so-called technological innovations: they would be all too...

By Jörg Friedrich - 18. 09. 2014

Buying on the Internet is easy and convenient, but it cannot replace the experience you get from buying from your local dealer. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 9. 07. 2013

Donating sperm is much more than a mundane transaction; it is an act of responsibility. Biology will ensure that you get what you give....

By Jörg Friedrich - 2. 07. 2013

Digital natives are quick to spell doom for the traditional media business, and Facebook, Twitter, or the blogosphere serve as their instruments for d...

By Jörg Friedrich - 29. 06. 2013

Instead of following the Church into irrelevance, we should embrace a secular celebration of culture and the arts. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 25. 06. 2013

The nature-versus-nurture debate cuts straight through contemporary discourses on gender and gender roles. But it's based on a misunderstanding of how...

By Jörg Friedrich - 11. 06. 2013

Not all scientific projects that will soon become feasible are also desirable. One example: terraforming on Mars. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 4. 06. 2013

As educational budgets are slashed, private corporations fill the void by providing free textbooks on climate change and sustainability. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 21. 05. 2013

Education should not be defended on strict utilitarian grounds. Children should spend their school years learning all the things they will not need la...

By Jörg Friedrich - 13. 05. 2013

To tech enthusiasts, the world is a problem waiting to be solved through progress. But what if many of us are quite content to live imperfectly? ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 7. 05. 2013

Instead of locking nuclear waste away in deep repositories, we should entrust it to the care of future generations. Our responsibility must become the...

By Jörg Friedrich - 30. 04. 2013

The debate over same-sex marriage shows that we have already abandoned a definition of love based in biology. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 16. 04. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 2. 04. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 21. 03. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 5. 03. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 19. 02. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 15. 01. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 8. 01. 2013

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 25. 12. 2012

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 civil...

By Jörg Friedrich - 18. 12. 2012

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 11. 12. 2012

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 ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 4. 12. 2012

A debate over content aggregation has pitted Google against several of Germany's biggest publishing houses. Many online activists have sided with the ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 27. 11. 2012

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

By Jörg Friedrich - 13. 11. 2012

If you want to criticize the digital world, start by criticizing our wishes and desires – and not the technologies we develop to satisfy them. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 7. 11. 2012

Online discussions are a poor indicator of newsworthiness. Too often, they are echo chambers for the indignation of a small minority. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 30. 10. 2012

The birth of the Pirate Party as a political actor is proceeding in full view of the public. But it is too early to know whether the infant will live ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 23. 10. 2012

Today's advocates of reason betray the legacy of the Enlightenment: Instead of seeking self-emancipation, they pursue a campaign of prosthelytizing. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 16. 10. 2012

Desire is the precondition for the development of new technologies – not the other way around. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 2. 10. 2012

Politicians make promises which they cannot keep. It's time to talk about ideals instead. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 25. 09. 2012

Instead of burdening the rich with additional taxes, we must appeal to their benevolence. It's the best way to create a good society for all. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 18. 09. 2012

No wonder that so many of us are becoming non-voters: party platforms impose a stifling straightjacket on politics. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 11. 09. 2012

We like to believe that more information allows us to make more informed decisions, to be more knowledgeable. That's wrong: knowledge does not grow wi...

By Jörg Friedrich - 3. 09. 2012

Not many can afford to run for political office. The result: a widening gap between the people and their representatives. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 29. 08. 2012

Instead of welcoming critical discussion of complex scientific questions, we dismiss climate change skeptics as buffoons. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 21. 08. 2012

The future of Europe lies not in more bureaucracy, but in a deeper understanding across linguistic barriers. Modern technology might help save the Eur...

By Jörg Friedrich - 14. 08. 2012

In a society where the pitching of a tent in urban parks is sufficiently radical to qualify as occupation, meaningful and fundamental change has becom...

By Jörg Friedrich - 7. 08. 2012

A transition from coal and nuclear energy to renewables demands radical reforms of our energy systems. Ecological concerns might manifest themselves i...

By Jörg Friedrich - 30. 07. 2012

What is real, and what is merely simulated? A hard question, especially at the edge of science. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 23. 07. 2012

Something that is right must not always be good. The debate about the rights of unborn babies and infants tells us why. ...

By Jörg Friedrich - 17. 07. 2012

Why are prominent scientists almost exclusively male? Why do women fail to win Nobel prizes? A look into the Bible offers a hint. ...

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