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Gelegentlich ergreifen wir die Feder and schreiben Zeichen auf ein weisses Blatt, Die sagen dies and das, es kennt sie jeder, Es ist ein Spiel, das seine Regeln hat. —Hermann Hesse. Das Glasperlenspiel From time to time we take our pen in hand and scribble symbols on a blank white sheet. Their meaning is at everyone’s command; It is a game...

The problem of consciousness, alternatively put, is the problem of finding out how mental phenomena, such as thoughts and feelings, are related to physical occurrences in brains. This way of stating the problem assumes that some such relation exists, an assumption not always made in the history of philosophy. Since Descartes the debate has become more sophisticated, and in our...

Otto Maier vanished during WW2 but he was not the only scientist who disappeared. Dr. Hans Ehrhardt, former name Hans Engelke, went up in smoke in 1963 as published in Der Spiegel on july 24 1963. The article states: a German conman, at best an “amateur scientist", had unsuccessfully attempted to fleece the Swiss military by pitching a death ray...

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s a Foo Fighter. In late 1944 Reuters press agency reported that  peculiar spheres, similar to the glass balls that decorate Xmas trees, “have been observed hanging in the air over Germany, occasionally singly, often times in clusters. They are primarily shaded silver and are seemingly translucent.” Multiple sightings of these kinds of...

Space and time capture the imagination like no other scientific subject. For good reason. They form the arena of reality, the very fabric of the cosmos. Our entire existence-everything we do, think, and experience takes place in some region of space during some interval of time. Yet science is still struggling to understand what space and time actually are. Are...

The uncertainty principle is among the the most famous (and also probably most misunderstood) concepts in physics. It demonstrates that there is a fuzziness in nature, an elementary limit to the things we could know about the behaviors of quantum particles and, consequently, the tiniest scales of nature. Of these scales, the most we can hope for is to compute...

Otto Maier and his theorem about waves, reality and time curves are rooted in the works of the men he looked up to, Leibniz and Descartes. But who was Leibniz?  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) lived an extraordinarily rich and varied intellectual life in troubled times. Although remembered as a great thinker, he was a man who more than anything else wanted to...