Featured Challenges of the Anthropocene

Year: 2013

World Economy, 2012

I am preparing a class on Business and Philosophy, and in this context I am surveying key statistics of the world economy. Our world is shaped by economic trends and developments, and some of these numbers are really interesting. The...

/ November 12, 2013

Russia at the Crossroads

Update Dec 26, 2013: Mikhail Khodorkovsky was released from jail on Dec 20, 2013.  Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an almost forgotten Russian voice; he spent the last 10 years of his life in Russian jails in Siberia. He once was one of...

/ October 31, 2013

Ecological Thinking?

Ecology is the study of interactions among organisms and their environment. One can even think about the human race in ecological terms, and this form of thinking is vital if we want to have a future. If we let our...

/ October 21, 2013

New Website Design

My website became the target of a massive spam and hacking attack in August 2013, and after some attempts to fix the problems, I finally decided to overhaul the whole site and switch to a new design. The attacks originated...

/ October 11, 2013

In God we trust? Money, Debt, and Love.

The following comments are based on David Graeber’s book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” 2011. His basic assumption is that economies did not evolve from barter systems; from the beginnings of civilization there were always elaborate credit systems to buy...

/ May 26, 2013

Chimpanzee Memory

Chimpanzees split from the human branch of evolution about four to six million years ago; they are our closest relatives in the animal world. They use tools like spears, they have limited language capability, and they are sophisticated group hunters....

/ February 14, 2013

The German Coast Guard

A few points need to be made about the video clip below: Germany does not have a long coastline, therefore the German Coast Guard probably did not receive the kind of funding it needs. Advertisement can be brilliant; I think...

/ January 13, 2013