Why the stock market will help to combat climate change

Why the stock market will help to combat climate change

There is evidence that businesses profiting from the extraction of fossil fuels are facing market headwinds. Recently, Norway stated its sovereign wealth fund will begin to diversify its holdings away from oil stocks. The new “carbon risk” may lead to stock price declines of companies in the oil & gas sector. If stock prices suffer as a result of carbon risk, the market will effectively help in combating climate change. Continue reading “Why the stock market will help to combat climate change”

Human intelligence makes us physically weaker

Human intelligence makes us physically weaker

Medical and technological advancements have led to a drastic reduction of worldwide infant mortality and an increased life expectancy. Because of this, far more people are able to reach reproductive age, thus maintaining “unfit” genetic traits in our population that would otherwise be weeded out by natural selection. Considering the consequences of these issues and devising solutions for them can help us overcome the future unsustainable costs for national healthcare systems. Continue reading “Human intelligence makes us physically weaker”

Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?

Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?

The gene editing technology notoriously known as CRISPR/Cas9 has gained vast attention after the Chinese scientist He Jiankui claimed he had, for the first time ever, created gene-edited twins. While He has received negative criticism for his work amongst the scientific community, many believe the world can benefit from this powerful technology. He Jiankui has decided that the world is ready for germline gene editing, but does the rest of the world feel the same? Continue reading “Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?”

Antifragility and response asymmetry

Antifragility and response asymmetry

This article serves as an introduction to a fundamental concept in the philosophy of risk taking: antifragility, which itself can be seen as a special case of response asymmetry. These concepts deal with the question of how to act intelligently in environments that are characterized by low probability, high impact events (so-called Black Swans). Continue reading “Antifragility and response asymmetry”

Greta Thunberg’s speech explained

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”