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BOOK AND FILM REVIEWS Farewell to Stone Age MoralityWhen the sun went outApocalypse no! Do we need a second planet? The adventurous life of Adam DreylingThe strange survival of neoliberalismThe end of normalityThe global disasterThe principle of Moses' riddleThe oldest city hate the Danube West AmericaThe snake in the firmamentThe TemplarsThe maps of the world of the ancient seafarersHaving honor for a misunderstood king? An inconvenient truthA refined privatizerEquilibrismGaias [...]

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Strange stories

The special culture of the Walser

One of the most interesting landscapes in Europe is undoubtedly the Alps. They act as a barrier between the Mediterranean and the more northerly areas of Central Europe. For thousands of years they were considered ugly, dangerous, unsuitable for agriculture and an obstacle to transit traffic. Although the Alpine passes were crossed thousands of years ago, the [...]

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History/Historic

The emperor behind the plow

Good will is a prerequisite, but it alone is not enough. One of the most interesting but also most contradictory rulers of the 18th century is Joseph II of Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduke of Austria-Lorraine (13. 3. 1741 - 20. 2. 1790). He was also Holy Roman Emperor from 1765-1780. His mother was Maria Theresa of Austria (13. 5. 1717 - 29. [...]

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Economy and social affairs

The "Vietnam effect" thing

On April 11, 2022, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer visited the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Nehammer wanted to draw Vladimir Putin's attention to how the Ukraine war - which in Russia must be called a "special military operation" - is being received in the West in what was presumably an intensive conversation about which nothing was initially disclosed. As a representative of a [...]

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Esotericism

On the meaning of symbols

Without us always being aware of it, symbols and signs accompany us through daily life: Traffic lights and road signs, professional symbols, identification signs, company symbols, information boards, national emblems, national flags, license plates, orders, party and association badges, coats of arms, etc. The message of signs should be unambiguous, immediate and easy to understand. Symbols, on the other hand, are visual signs, images, figures that represent one, or [...]

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Strange stories Other

Legendary warrior women

For many centuries, the use of armed female combatants was taboo in European culture. Weapons were carried exclusively by men. However, there were exceptions up to modern times, and not only in antiquity. The best known is the battle of the Greeks with Achilles against the Amazons with their queen Penthesilea described in the Iliad, the Henry of [...]

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Strange stories

Enigmatic gold maker

Gold is a rare, incredibly fascinating metal that is held in the highest esteem in virtually all world cultures. In Africa and the Ancient Americas as well as in Europe, India, China and Japan. No wonder that people not only wanted to explore it laboriously, but sought ways and means to produce it artificially. Alchemists In an effort to find the multiple [...]

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History of religion

Threat from religious fundamentalism

Published in Grail World 22/2001) SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: In Grail World 14/2000, under the headline "Where is the hope for the poor of the world?", I expressed the view that after the collapse of communism, from which many people living in hopeless poverty hoped for the solution of their problems, a gap remained, which [...]

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Strange stories

The real Robinson

At the time I went to school, almost every child knew the "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe (approx. 1660-1731). The book was available in several editions, including simplified versions for children, and "Robinson" became a synonym for a hermit on a lonely island. The bestseller found imitators, and the "Robinsonads" - adventure stories about sailing ships, castaways [...]

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Strange stories

The great Xhosa cattle slaughter

Crises and mass hysteria, as examples of the dangers of uncontrolled "lateral thinking"? In “In short, in a nutshell, curious” on page 262 “The legendary cargo cult” and on page 323 “A renaissance prophet in the fickle of the masses” we dealt with mass situations in which people can lose their ability to criticize. In the past centuries, easily excitable crowds of people that could no longer be reached through arguments have in diverse [...]