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Is this culturally relevant?

Following an article in the "Spiegel"  59% of all Spanish people believe in God in a traditional sense, 18% are not believers at all, whereas 74% of all Italians do believe in God in a tradional sense, whereas only 6 % are  not believers.  The numbers come from a survey conducted by the EC, 4 years ago.

What I liked: Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech mentioned non believers on the same level as Christians, Muslims, Jews and others.

Volksluxus ("luxury for the people")

This was a marvellous spring day! So I used the sunset hours for a walk through my neigbourhood "SO36". SO36 is the name of one of the most famous clubs in the area, but it is also used to indicate this part of Kreuzberg. Well, I crossed the border several times, the border between "Mitte" und "Kreuzberg", the border between what was until 20 years ago Berlin? Wild West and the eastern part behind the wall.

Time for Science to Reclaim Its Progressive Roots

Jonathan Moreno and Rick Weiss have published a collection of essays from "science progress" that will be published soon (http://www.scienceprogress.org/2009/03/science-next-excerpt/)

I would like to cite some of the most significant  passages from the introduction:

"One of the things we love about science is that it is nothing if not argumentative. Both as a way of thinking and as a wellspring of novel ideas and products, science is a tumultuous truth-seeking process and even further, we contend, a revolutionary force for human liberation.

What can be done?

Forscher zu Gentechnik: "Es gibt keine neuen Erkenntnisse, die ein Verbot rechtfertigen" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft

.... to clarify, that genetic modification of plant and animal is one of the key technologies to survive in a world with 9 billion human beings under decent conditions.  The linked article in the German Magazine Spiegel describes the destruction of test fields of a University (which were in full compliance with all German laws) by opponents of Genetechnology.

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