My host parents, the secret to my successful integration in Germany

The greatest difficulty of moving abroad for education was being away from my family. However, having a host family that provided hospitality, understanding, and interest facilitated in bridging the gaps between my culture and the German one, and to ease my integration into the community. Successful stories of integration extend further to include thousands of asylum applicants who seek refuge in Germany. The experiences to be learned from my story can also be applied for asylum seekers. Continue reading “My host parents, the secret to my successful integration in Germany”

Sir F. M. M. Worrell and the moral value of sport

In 1960, Frank Worrell became the first full-time black cricket captain of the West Indies following a sustained journalistic campaign organised by the Trinidadian intellectual C. L. R. James. The event itself, as well as the character of the people involved, demonstrate how sport can become a battleground for moral issues, becoming cherished as something more than ‘just’ a game. Continue reading “Sir F. M. M. Worrell and the moral value of sport”

Greta Thunberg’s speech explained

The young Swedish climate activist gave a sensationalistic speech at the COP24 UN Conference in Katowice that became widely popular. Here we analyze and explain what she said, sentence-by-sentence. Finally, we criticize and challenge her view that people will be the driving force of an environmentalist revolution. Continue reading “Greta Thunberg’s speech explained”

Further reform of scientific teaching is necessary for a better society

Over the years, science education has been gradually reshaped in an attempt to improve learning outcomes. If science education is reformed further, there is potential for scientists to contribute even more to society. Shouldn’t empirically-validated teaching practices be applied across all universities? Further refinement of science education promises to shape a scientifically literate society in which citizens can apply scientific and moral reasoning to real-world situations. Continue reading “Further reform of scientific teaching is necessary for a better society”

Indoor smoking: a sad Austrian story

In 2017, the newly elected Austrian government decided to reverse a previously passed law to completely ban indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. The Austrian public reacted with big protests and petitions – all without success. The motives of the Austrian politicians are very questionable and raise serious questions about their sense of responsibility towards citizens. Continue reading “Indoor smoking: a sad Austrian story”

Marx’s modern view on global capitalism

Marx had a negative idea of capitalism. Though – at his time – globalisation could still be seen as a force that brings change in our society by spreading the ideals of a communist revolution. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, what would be Marx’s view on the global capitalism of the 21st century?  Continue reading “Marx’s modern view on global capitalism”

Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science

Scientific discovery is grounded in our experience. But is there something about our experience that is not quantifiable? This article explores the history of the debate surrounding the compatibility of lived experience with scientific data. How the different visions of reality presented in these debates are balanced in our culture will affect the very way that life itself is lived and understood. Continue reading “Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science”