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Economy and social affairs

Which social system do we want? - A utopia

Published in 2021, supplemented in 2022. There are extremely different forecasts for the 21st century from a wide variety of social circles. On the one hand, we humans are looking enthusiastically at the possibilities of Industry 4.0 with its unimagined, almost limitless possibilities: Autonomous driving with electric cars is already being tested and is soon to become established worldwide. Through the Internet, everyone has [...]

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Book and film reviews

Newton's suitcase

By Federico Di Trocchio Campus Verlag, Frankfurt / Main 1998, ISBN 3-593-35976-6. There are tons of academic books of varying quality and level. One of the most interesting and funniest, which is at the same time easy to read, was written by the professor of the history of science at the University of Lecce (Italy), Federico Di Trocchio. As a technical expert, he describes the work of many, from the Orthodox scientists [...]

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History of religion

Thoughts on the most momentous of all books

Preliminary remarkIt is actually forbidden to a German - like me - to say something critical about the origin of the Old Testament of the Bible. Because with it the appearance arises unintentionally, one would attack the today's Jewish religion, as well as Judaism as such, directly or indirectly.It is, after all, general consensus that in Germany the Hebrews[1] are only [...]

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Science

Energy, entropy and time

(Published in GralsWelt Theme Issue 5/2000) With the term "energy" is also connected the question about the fate of the universe. According to our present physical world view the end of the universe is inevitable: Either it "dies" the so-called "entropic heat death" or it begins to contract again sometime, whereby also the "arrow of time" reverses, the time thus runs backward [...]

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Book and film reviews

Shaman women in Korea

An exhibition at the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology. A phenomenon that is particularly difficult to access for westerners is shamanism, which we usually only assume to exist in Siberia. Occasionally, Native American medicine men, perhaps even African sorcerers are associated with it, and we tend to dismiss shamanism as a form of expression of "primitive" cultures. It is all the more surprising that this archaic [...]