The Netherlands monarchy is everybody’s food for conversation. Some say it is a necessary, unifying force in a deeply divided society. Others will maintain it is the last stronghold of elitism in an egalitarian society and should be done away with.
As a physician and a writer, Oliver Sacks is concerned above all with the ways in which individuals survive and adapt to different neurological diseases and conditions, and what this experience can tell us about the human brain and mind.
Women occupied a significant position in the natural sciences well into the Enlightenment. Gradually however, they were systematically excluded. Londa Schiebinger will trace some of the contributions women have made in mainstream science within shifting historical and institutional frameworks.
Ons brein geeft steeds meer geheimen prijs. Psychische stoornissen en zelfs gedragsproblemen zijn kennelijk ook op te vatten als chemische processen, die je bovendien kunt beïnvloeden met behulp van slimme geneesmiddelen. Het gebruik van deze middelen is gemeengoed aan het worden.
Emotions shape our mental and social lives. However, moral philosophy paid scant attention to emotions and found it hard to judge them. Are they simply animal energies or impulses with no connection to our thoughts? And are they therefore morally irrelevant?
Symmetries, principle of sufficient reason and ambiguity
Tuesday 22 March 2005 - 10:45 am
Symmetry is a concept which functions in almost any science. In this lecture the focus is on its importance in mathematics and physics. Imagine a square. You can turn it 90° and find the same square again. We say that the square has rotational symmetry.
On the issue of immigration and integration, a cold wind is blowing in Europe. A lot of opinion leaders and politicians seem to consider immigration synonymous to problems, except when immigrants thoroughly assimilate and reach a state of complete invisibility.