Category: Humanities

  • Capitalism and its Contradictions

    Capitalism and its Contradictions

    Contradictions are inherent to the capitalist system and cannot be resolved within its framework. They can only be temporarily displaced or postponed, but they will ultimately lead to crises and the need for a fundamental transformation of the economic system.

  • Pyramus and Thisbe

    Pyramus and Thisbe

    Much of our humanity consists of stories that speak of tragedy, misfortune, conflict, deep emotions, or humor. Here is a story that originates from Babylon. The accompanying picture is a wood relief from Dresden, 1656, created by Johann Georg Fischer. Pyramus and Thisbe are lovers who ran into really bad luck. The story forms part of Ovid‘s Metamorphoses.…

  • Future Trends: Surprising Developments before 2030.

    Future Trends: Surprising Developments before 2030.

      Adapted from: Guillen, M. F. (2020). 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything. St. Martin’s Press.   Next Industrial Revolution: Birthplace of the next industrial revolution: Sub-Saharan Africa The reason: 500 million acres of fertile yet undeveloped agricultural land. The total size of Mexico is 500 million acres.…

  • Fashion Ghosts

    Fashion Ghosts

    What is real? A good question to ask at the beginning of 2022. How do we move from reality to fiction? Or rather backward: We live with fictions, but what is real? The intention of this post is to show the beautiful facades of San Francisco through the 2021 Christmas period, almost devoid of humans.…

  • World Population, 2013 – 2050.

    World Population, 2013 – 2050.

    It’s interesting to look at some long-term world trends at the end of 2013. The graphs appear more normalized, for instance with the population growth rate above. Countries like Nigeria (see population chart below) are unfortunate exceptions. How will the world really look like in 2050? Trends are extrapolations from current and past data, enhanced…