µ07: Can Cats Have Restless Tail Syndrome?

I think that is a thing! And it wiggles! Almost always!

#116: Religion is Trust in the Universe

The basis of religion is a deep sense of trust in the universe. It is not just hope, but a sense of confidence that things will eventually work out. Whatever bad things may happen, we are not alone, we are not merely random souls that do not matter in the larger scheme of things. If… Continue reading #116: Religion is Trust in the Universe

#115: Are We Anthropomorphizing Human Beings?

I know, this is probably a very strange question, but I have been pondering on this a while. Are we anthropomorphizing human beings? Typically, those who really care about animals and claim that they are feeling, intelligent beings not so dissimilar from us, are being admonished not to anthropomorphize animals, not to treat them as… Continue reading #115: Are We Anthropomorphizing Human Beings?

#109: We Cannot Lose Hope

How easy would it be to despair now! The world seems in shambles, whatever we have gained seems lost, and the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban appears like a symbol for our times. Covid is resurgent, the world is burning, and what future will we ever be able to enjoy? None, if we don't… Continue reading #109: We Cannot Lose Hope

#106: How to Be Happy

One of the oldest problems of humanity seems to be centered around the question of how to be happy. This is certainly understandable: So many things stand in our way, so many challenges await us in life, so many things are not as they should be. Wherever we look, there is misery, tragedy, injustice, illness,… Continue reading #106: How to Be Happy

#104: Psychological Long Covid

As far as I know, I have not been infected with the novel Coronavirus. I have been sheltering in place as much as possible, have been distancing myself physically, maintaining a sanitizing regime, wearing masks, getting doubly vaccinated, maintaining safety precautions even now, listening to the advice and latest scientific debate and not just to… Continue reading #104: Psychological Long Covid

µ#1: Fleeting Micro-Thoughts

There is not always time to write a full post, but sometimes, I feel the need to just throw something out. I'll have a new category of micro blog posts (marked with "µ", the greek letter mu for "micro") which are less thought out, nothing fancy, but urgent enough, in my (more or less) humble… Continue reading µ#1: Fleeting Micro-Thoughts

#81: Do Not Expect Normality in Non-Normal Times

We all need to loosen up a bit, inside. These are not normal times, and they won't be for a while. A pandemic with different mutations still emerging, mounting deaths and sickness, economic damage, access to testing and vaccines being not as easy as hoped, the continued stress and loss due to the various types… Continue reading #81: Do Not Expect Normality in Non-Normal Times

#79: The Need for the Public Understanding of Humanities and Social Science Theory

Words are easy. They are not formulas. You should just be able to read them and understand them instantly. Or so it goes. We seemingly are living in a time where all the things talked about in the humanities and the social sciences in the recent decades are finally coming to have their day in… Continue reading #79: The Need for the Public Understanding of Humanities and Social Science Theory

#77: Animal Personalities

Maybe it's because of Covid and working from home, but I am spending more time thinking about animals than I used to. When I moved to the US from Germany, I felt like I entered an alien planet. Almost everything was different, down to fauna and flora. Sure, Germany has oak trees too, but Oregon… Continue reading #77: Animal Personalities