A scientist is a person engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge that describes and predicts the natural world . In a more restricted definition, a scientist is somebody, who engages in a scientific method. For most of all (serious) empirical sciences this scientific method is based on modelling, testability, and falsification. Continue reading “COLUMN – Ideas in the Second Machine Age: SCIENTIST”
One of the very first classes, during the first year of my bachelor’s degree, was on accounting. I had to take this course in order to gain more credits for a module, which I had decided to complete asap. Now, looking back and having listened to dozens and dozens of lectures in many degrees and universities all over the world, I say that this first lecture on accounting, was one of the most boring classes, I have ever attended in my life. Continue reading “COLUMN – Ideas in the Second Machine Age: ACCOUNTANT”
A dear friend of mine and trusted colleague recently said over supper; “we must not accept the status quo.” “The status quo is anything but our friend” he continued. “It (the status quo) would doom me to be an old Ossi (a condescending description for somebody from the former so-called German Democratic Republic) forever.” (…and me a boneheaded hayseed, I thought to myself). “We must not accept what people tell us to be the rule, the way we ought to live our life, to apply the same blue print over and over again. We must not accept the status quo”. In the end, we both agreed not to.