The comprehensible cosmos

Citing Kip Thorne:

Throughout this book, I shall adopt, without apology, the view that there does exist an ultimate set of physical laws (which we do not as yet know but which might be quantum gravity), and that those laws truly do govern the Universe around us, everywhere. They force the Universe to behave the way it does.

Then commenting on that Stenger says:

IX. Science of Ethics

This refers to chapter IX of Russells book "Religion and Science"
Russell points out in this chapter that Ethics is based on values and that these values are purely individual psychological desires and there is nothing to do about proving what is better.  There is no "Good", no "Beautiness" no "Pleasure" that is absolute or common
I do not agree completely with this position:

Farming pays!

I am just back from dinner. I am literally alone on the ILRI campus here in Nairobi. I went to the Bar to have dinner. I was the only one to be present. As compensation I had a very interesting chat with the waiter, a young Kenyan student. He is studying Turism at Kenyatta University and he is just about to get his degree. He is financing his survival by working as a waiter at ILRI, but this would not be enough to pay also the University fees, which are 20,000 KSH/year (this is about 260 USD, but he mentioned 1000 USD) Whatsoever!

Evaluation of the ILRI Information Center, trip to Ethiopia and Kenya

At the beginning of December I conducted together with my colleague Peter Ballantyne, the IAALD president an evaluation of the ILRI InfoCenter . ILRI wanted an external and indipendent evaluation of the developments that had taken place in the restructuring of the ILRI library in the last years.

Hans Christian Stroebele and the German Flag

Hans Christian Stroebele is the directly elected representative of the Berlin constituency (Kreuzberg), where I live. He is part of the fundamentalist left wing of the Greens. Most probably I would not vote for him, as I do share very little with his lot. I am in favor of German involvement in UN peace keeping, I am in favor of free market and globalization, I am in favor of keeping German nuclear power plants online as long as this is technically wise, ... and there are many other differences in opinion.

Government change is culture change....

A Taxonomy of Scientific Appointments least in the United states of America.  In continental Europe, and especially in Italy, we are used to changing governments, without a lot of changing politics. This is partly related to the fact that government changes only chance a small tip of the political burocracy.  In Italy the same Director Generals in the ministries server und Prodi, Berlusconi....... so nothing changes.

Mr. Obama, please send American troops to Congo!

No, no, I don't mean that literally. I am very much aware that the USA are not in a position to take up any other military action, not morally, not politically, not economically. I only hope that the new American president realizes that this world needs the intervention of the most powerful nation of the free world. No one intervened against the Rwandan genocide, Darfur is a shame for humanity!