Category Archives: society

When My Grandma Asked Her Königsberg Pen-Pal About Hitler

An inside perspective into the mind of an aryan citizen of Germany in the 1930s – how the ideas leading to the holocaust were planted in the minds of its people. Continue reading

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On the Nature of ‘Natural’

Is something good because it’s natural? The word natural is often used when we want to convey something good, and imply that the object of discussion is not, in some way, the product of a humans-only process. To note, this … Continue reading

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IARC Under Fire from Scientists: Mission Outdated, Methods Lacking

Considering recently published scientific reviews on the International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) concerning their methods and overall mission, as well as their specific conclusion on glyphosate, I thought the topic deserved an update of its own. I have written … Continue reading

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17. Can Glyphosate Research Be Trusted?

In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, last but not least comes a post about the integrity of research, how funding may influence research results, and what corporate involvement with scientists may entail. And if scientists mostly are not influenced … Continue reading

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Adapting to Happiness

Is happiness all it’s cracked up to be? I write about my reflections on happiness research in this piece which originally appeared in the cultural journal The Woolf: The Woolf’s resident scientist, Iida Ruishalme, approaches happiness from diverse angles, looking at how her ideas … Continue reading

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Injecting Kindness into the Debate

Vaccines are a topic that stir up a lot of emotions. How should we talk about them? Will anything we do make a difference? What if we frame the question somewhat differently: can we make a difference by the way behave in our interactions with other people? Continue reading

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