Should We Beware of Wellness Apps?

Health and lifestyle apps: Enhencing quality of life, improving medical research. On the downside: shaky and unsafe programming, aiming at controlling lifes, fostering trade of private data, supported by lawmaker’s games. Feeling gloomy about the self-determined future. Great future for sick people, indeed. Medical apps used for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases are admittedly […]

»Politics is the Entertainment Branch of Industry«

Frank Zappa Rumours spread also the quote: »Politics is the Entertainment Division of the Military-Industrial Complex« Although this quote might well fit into Zappa’s intentions, it cannot really be verified. It turned up in the interent only in 2002, nine years after his death in 1993. If you are interested:Here is the research: Barrypoptik with […]

Our brain not made for saving the climate

The fight for saving climate and environment is above all a fight against the neoliberal global economic system. Why climate actions proceed so awfully slow may be revealed by a closer look into the biological structure and psychological function of the human brain. Our tragedy as humans is that we are no rational subjects. While […]

When it becomes serious, you have to lie

Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, on April 20, 2011 during an event in Brussels: »When it becomes serious, you have to lie.« And he is convinced that citizens do not have the right to know everything: »I’m ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious […]

Science Debates:
Journalism or PR?

When proposing science debates as tools, opportunities and even tasks for science journalists, a colleague came up and said scoffingly: »It’s still only PR.« He was not wrong – considering the currently fashionable science debates.

Debate-Driven Science Journalism

Science and research arouse desire. Politicians for example hope for solutions for problem which overstrain them, companies look for ever new innovations for their discontinued models in order to increase profits, and lobby groups want to exert influence because knowledge is power. But what about the scientists themselves and the citizens?

Rethinking Science Debates

It looks like science debates have been discovered as another public relation tool for science and technology. Governments, institutes, even research projects contrive debates – basically to gain acceptance from citizens in order to continue undisturbed.

The German Science Debate: Innovation with democratic participation

Science and technology are always intertwined with the economic and political system. Therefore it needs to be submitted to fundamental democratic procedures. The bodies of the civil society need to be included, according to the publicly funded civil society platform for a change in research (Zivilgesellschaftliche Plattform Forschungswende), which, on 31st May 21013, dedicates an […]

Vietnam

For those who can read German, here are some impressions from my travel to and in Vietnam January/February 2013.