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Roger Penrose and Peer review, why does a Nobelprize winner publish in a ‘dubious’ journal?

‘ In my post “Stephen Wolframs A New Kind of Science and The Theory of Everything, and Peer review ( ) I quoted Wolfram’s view on peer review. Here I briefly point out that such a sceptical view is not unique. For example, Roger Penrose, the latest Nobel prize Winner in physics for his […]

Stephen Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science and Theory of Everything, and Peer review.

Stephen Wolfram (2002) A New Kind of Science, Wolfram Media Inc. has proposed a radically new approach to understanding the world. He proposed that evolving simple computational ‘rules’ lead to complex systems. Attempts have been made to apply the approach to practical questions in science, e.g., ecology (Rohde 2005a,b). One consequence of this approach is […]

The Philosophy of Anger

Author: Klaus Rohde   The Chicago philosopher Agnes Callard has published an interesting article in the Boston Review, January 21, 2020 (the lead article for a printed issue On Anger). Anger is defined as “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.” (Internet dictionary). Here are some quotes from Callard’s article: “There are two […]

The root of morality: compassion, eternal return and evolutionary improvement

Agnes Callard, Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Chicago, with a BA from the University of Chicago in 1997 and a PhD from Berkeley in 2008, and with primary areas of specialization in Ancient Philosophy and Ethics, recently said the following (Agnes Callard: Who wants to play the status game? The Point. January 16, 2020, […]

Breaking news: important changes in US political landscape. The physiognomy of evil/Die Physiognomie des Üblen

Autor: Klaus Rohde     Neuere Entwicklungen in der internationalen Politik, kulminierend in den USA unten/ New developments in international politics, reaching its climax in the US below   Die Overlords (hier auch Richard Grenell, der Statthalter der USA in Deutschland) und ihre Untertanen/ The overlords (among them now also Richard Grenell, the proconsul of […]

Nazis (Megalomaniacs) past and present/Nazis (Megalomanen) früher und heute

Author : Klaus Rohde   The bloody past/ Die blutige Vergangenheit Megalomaniacs today and the shadows of the past/ Heutige Megalomanen und die Schatten der Vergangenheit       Trump and his cronies/ Trump und seine Kumpane     The seven deadly sins/Die sieben Todsünden And the finger on the button/Und der Finger auf dem […]

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:  (Politics/Politik) and 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, […]