The scientific publishing lobby: why science does not work

Scientific progress is anchored in the way science is communicated to other scientists. Research papers are published through an antiquated system: scientific journals. This system, enforced by the scientific journals’ lobby, enormously slows down the progress of our society. This article analyzes the limitations of the current scientific publishing system, focusing on journals’ interests, their consequences on science and possible solutions to overcome the problem. Continue reading “The scientific publishing lobby: why science does not work”

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”

The rise of the 21st century anti-vaxxer epidemic

The alarming rise of measles across Europe and the US has health officials scrambling to contain the damage of what is being called the worst outbreak of the 21st century – the anti-vaxxer epidemic. Vaccines have become a victim of their own success, and the mistrust in their use demands a global effort to understand what has caused this behavioral shift, and resulted in a society wanting to take one step backwards rather than a leap forward. Continue reading “The rise of the 21st century anti-vaxxer epidemic”

How journals kill scientific Romanticism  

The pleasure of discovery is Romantic, and drives students towards the study of scientific disciplines. However, young scientists often experience, quite soon, a loss of enthusiasm and motivation. Digging deeper into the world of scientific publishing, this article reveals how the monetary interests of journals are destroying the Romantic ideas of scientists by establishing an unsustainable system of competitive struggles. Continue reading “How journals kill scientific Romanticism  “