Book reviews

Open letter to Gabriele Krone-Schmalz on the question of how to understand Russia

Apr 30th, 2015 | By

Dear Ms. Krone-Schmalz,
You have published a book, titled beautifully How to understand Russia1 .
I’m someone, who since being a student of Slavic Studies 1978 and up to the present day, already as a Professor of Slavic Philology at the University of Göttingen, could be called a person who tries to understand Russia. I spent many

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Review of: Borwin Bandelow, Wer hat Angst vorm bösen Mann? (Who’s afraid of the wicked man?)

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

A professor of psychology in Göttingen has finally found the answer to the age-old question of what drives serial murderers and those who kidnap young girls in order to torment and rape them for years on end. The answer is nothing other than a lack of endorphins, intoxicants which are similar to opium and which the body produces to reward itself. People recovering from near death experiences, for example, experience particularly high levels of endorphins, as do women who have just given birth. In his book, Professor Bandelow asserts that in the ability to produce endorphins humans possess a mechanism with which they are chemically rewarded for their actions.


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Frank Schirrmacher: Ego – Das Spiel des Lebens, A Review

Feb 28th, 2013 | By

Frank Schirrmacher: “Ego – Das Spiel des Lebens”, Karl Blessing Verlag, München 2013, 352 Pages
Frank Schirrmacher provides a somewhat apocalyptical criticism of the mechanisms of financial and commercial markets, or rather of the ways in which they make us defenseless – and reaps extreme reactions: Die Welt labels him a paranoiac, whose conspiracy theory is

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