#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

#73: The Destruction of Creativity through “Social” Media

There used to be a magical time. You will remember it if you remember using MS Internet Explorer version 2 and above, Netscape Navigator 3 and the mighty Netscape 4 (Communicator). Search Engines (AltaVista, Lycos, Metacrawler, etc.) and Catalogues (Yahoo!) were two different things. Inktomi was not just an allusion to the Lakota spider-trickster (the… Continue reading #73: The Destruction of Creativity through “Social” Media

#68: We Do Not Need Enemies

We are seeing increasing tension in the world again. There were a few years, namely the 1990s, when the world seemed to be growing more closely together, overcoming differences and seeking understanding over division (with a few painful exceptions). Then, 9/11 happened, which brought new wars. The transatlantic alliance was put under strain, globalization brought… Continue reading #68: We Do Not Need Enemies

#55: It’s The Uncertainty That Makes Us Worry

Endless nightmares. An obsessive news intake. Stocking up on masks, cleaning materials, emergency groceries, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, whatnot. Do I have a mask? Have I forgotten it? Dreaming of forgetting a mask? Agitatedly yelling at the news? These are not normal times. I personally grew up in East Germany; shortage of goods in… Continue reading #55: It’s The Uncertainty That Makes Us Worry