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A short history of humanity and its end/Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit und ihres Endes

Author Klaus Rohde We are the first species that can freely decide about its survival and that of the Earth.The situation is getting critical: overpopulation and overconsumption, human induced climate change, increasing likelihood of major wars including the use of atomic weapons are evident. What will be the consequences? /Wir sind die erste Art, die […]

An artist’s view of what is happening in the world. Trump and Abbott in the free world, and the aliens at the doorstep.

Author Klaus Rohde In this post I illustrate reactions to some worrying developments in the world, using some of my recent graphics. I have discussed some of these developments in my two blogs: https://krohde.wordpress.com/  (Politics/Politik) and http://blog.une.edu.au/klausrohde/ Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10. Die Unentdeckte (here illustrated by an acute example). 1st movement: Adagio molto messo (sich […]

Artificial intelligence and dangerous robots: barking up the wrong tree

Some famous people, among them the eminent physicict Stephen Hawking, have warned of the danger posed by artificial intelligence which may soon surpass that of humans and take over the world, making us superfluous and dispensable. But is this indeed so? My answer: intelligent machines (robots, computers) can indeed turn out to be extremely dangerous, […]

Intelligence and consciousness. Artifical intelligence and conscious robots? Soul and immortality.

Much recent attention has been given to studies of the brain and questions of artificial intelligence and consciousness. Here I discuss some relevant aspects from a philosophical point of view. The famous physicist and proponent of string theory, Brian Greene, recently (March/April 2016) participated in a discussion on ABC (Australian) television dealing with important recent […]

Die Schöpfung und ihr Ende ?

Es war einmal wie hiess er doch? Der fand in der Welt ein grosses Loch So nahm er Schere und Papier Und schuf aus Nichts so manches Tier     Auch Stift und Pinsel mussten ran Und damit schuf er Weib und Mann Sie sollten auch zufrieden sein So gab er ein’ge Kinder drein Es […]

Space, time and causality in Kant’s and Schopenhauer’s philosophy, and in physics. The role of our consciousness.

………. our mind is faulty; space, time and causality are ‘working tools’ to find our way in daily life, but our mind cannot accurately perceive the real essence of the objective world, which does not lie in space and time and is not causal. All our ideas about this ‘spooky’ world are indirect, derived by means of complicated mathematics from experiments that explore only the objective world but say nothing about the subjective (conscious) side of it.

Misleading information on climate change and corrections

The media are full of incorrect information on climate change science, often financed by commercial interests that do not wish effective action against climate change. Media campaigns have repeatedly claimed that there has been no increase in temperatures over the last 18 years, in spite of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, that sunspot cycles […]

Das Leben ist zerbrechlich. Warum lebe ich? Die Verbindung des Bewusstseins und der physischen Welt

S This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License    Der Mohrrübenfresser: ich   Das Leben hat Tief- und Höhepunkte. Im folgenden meine Tiefpunkte und eine philosophische Interpretation der beiden Seiten der Welt: der bewussten und der physischen (alle Abbildungen meine Originale, copyright Klaus Rohde). Tiefpunkte meines Lebens bisher. Zurückdenkend, frage […]

Flüchtlingskrise und ihre Ursachen/ Refugee Crisis and its Causes

Large-scale people movements in the Middle East not due to climate change alone February 16th, 2016 by Klaus Rohde The large-scale movements of people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to Europe are not the result of climate change  alone but are due to complex interactions between various factors: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/loeste-klimawandel-den-syrien-krieg-aus-a-1077461.html The German climate consortium (Deutsches Klima-Konsortium), […]