When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ — Mr. Rogers. A journalist from a German … Continue reading The Modern Anti-Renaissance
Which invention in human history has had the greatest impact on our well-being? The computer? The plow? The printing press? Nutella? All undoubtedly worthy candidates that deserve a regular place in the ancestral gallery of mankind’s most important inventions. However, … Continue reading Climate change? Overpopulation? Famine? No! The Threat of a Looming Population Collapse Should Worry Us
When we think of Muhammad Ali, we have the image of a legendary boxer in our mind’s eye, one who danced around his opponents with beguiling footwork and virtually provoked them with drooping arms to run them into his fast … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda And The Name Of The Rival
Supposedly, the amount of data generated by humans in all of human history doubles every two years. In the next 24 months, we will generate as much data as humanity has since its inception. This can be dizzying, and is … Continue reading Is ‘Dataism’ as Alleged Pseudo-Religion Enemy of ‘Real’ Religions?
It was in the middle of World War II that Edwin Land, the head and co-founder of Land-Wheelwright Laboratories, founded in 1932, was on vacation with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Land was privately and professionally infatuated with … Continue reading The Art of the Big Bet
While COVID vaccination campaigns are underway in all countries and restrictions are slowly being lifted, we should also pause and recognize how little we take for granted that these vaccines exist. With Moderna, BionTech/Pfizer, Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V and Sinovac, … Continue reading Timeline of Vaccine Developments
Almost three years ago, on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, and since then politicians and data protection experts in Europe have been patting each other on the back about how successful GDPR is … Continue reading The Chill Effect of the GDPR
Wealth and real estate are concentrated in a shrinking share of the population. The gap between increased production and income growth has been widening for decades. The owners of these resources benefit from this. And this wealth tends to stay … Continue reading Inherited versus Merited
Joe Biden, the 46th American president, like other presidents before him, has had the Oval Office decorated with items that inspired him and are meant to reflect to visitors what principles he stands for. One curious detail, however, made people … Continue reading What’s Your Moon Rock?
The shipping industry was well aware of the advantages that containers offered. Just in the years when McLean and Matson began shipping the first containers, American shipping companies found themselves in constant labor disputes with striking dock workers. Several times, … Continue reading Scottish Whiskey in Metal – Part 3
The first containers were used as early as the beginning of 1920. These consisted of metal frames covered with wood, and some even remained open at the top. The sizes were not standardized, were between two and three meters and … Continue reading Scottish Whiskey in Metal – Part 2