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«Wir denken eher in Dekaden als in Quartalen»

Dem Münchner Abt Johannes Eckert untersteht auch das Kloster Andechs. Wie dort die Brauerei operativ geführt wird, erklärt er im schriftlich …

München

Why the difference between persuasion and manipulation matters

Whether it’s advertising or peer pressure, it all comes down to intent.<p>Calling someone manipulative is a criticism of that person’s character. Saying that you have been manipulated is a complaint about having been treated badly. Manipulation is dodgy at best, and downright immoral at worst. But why …

Psychology

How to edit a human

For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded<p>This story begins nearly four billion …

Genetics

Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson

The Canadian psychology professor’s stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline—and deeply vulnerable.<p>Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.<p>“What is that?” I asked.<p>He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It’s a …

Jordan Peterson

The Viral Video Star Behind the Fitness Fad That May Replace CrossFit

Ido Portal teaches famous athletes how to use their bodies in entirely new ways. But is it all snake oil?<p>“Bro, what kind of <i>muscles</i> you have?” asks Ido Portal in a short video introducing his philosophy. He’s barefoot and shirtless, his long hair pulled back as he tumbles across the frame and does …

Martial Arts

My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Climate Change

Inside Bannon’s Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right

Bannon is moving to Europe to set up The Movement, a populist foundation to rival George Soros and spark a right-wing revolt across the …

Europe

The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi’s Rise

On a hazy day in early February, some of the most powerful men in India’s government gathered at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi, an arena famous for its boisterous wrestling bouts. The men had come for a different kind of spectacle — a biographical film epic, whose initial episodes (out of 57 …

India

The Man Who Captures Criminals for the D.E.A. by Playing Them

Spyros Enotiades is an actor for hire who specializes in the role of cartel boss, middleman, or money manager in sting operations.<p>On the afternoon of February 9, 2011, in a suite at the City Hotel in Bucharest, two men, hoping to sell a stash of Russian military-grade weapons on the black market, …

Crime

Nevis: how the world’s most secretive offshore haven refuses to clean up

The years since 2008 have seen a global crackdown on offshore finance. Yet a few places have doubled down on offering secrecy to the super-rich. Among these, one tiny Caribbean island might be the worst offender.<p>By Oliver Bullough<p>Tax havens hate attention. Places such as Jersey, Switzerland and the …

Corruption

Why You Should Embrace Eating Out Alone

Slow down and enjoy the introspection and peace while soaking up the lives around you<p>One is fun. There, I’ve said it, owned up to my penchant for doing it alone. And there are very few places I haven’t done it, flagrantly and shamelessly, with barely a care for bourgeois convention.<p>In cosy country …

Mexico City

Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath our feet

The space under cities is getting busier – from transport excavations to billionaire’s mega-basements. So how to keep track of what’s down there?<p>Just over a year ago I was sent a photograph of a tunnel-boring machine in a dirt lot in Los Angeles. The caption read: “Elon Musk is about to start …

Elon Musk

Croatia’s Soccer Stars Should Be Heroes. Instead, They’re Hated.

Of all the Croatians in the world to miss a penalty shot, it had to be Luka Modric. After a flagrant foul in the round of 16 game against Denmark on …

Soccer

What is love? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Experts say the western ideal of romantic love is constantly disappointing us. Which is a shame because our culture loves romantic love. It’s an idea that pervades pop music, novels, TV and film. Somewhere out there our perfect match is waiting to meet us, so the theory goes. But maybe love isn’t …

Relationships

The Fast and Furious Michael Avenatti

The attorney Michael Avenatti stands just under six feet tall, with blatant blue eyes and thinning hair he shaves down to stubble, exposing the crumpled vein at his left temple. Before February, when he agreed to represent Stephanie Clifford — the pornographic film performer better known as Stormy …

Michael Cohen

The Changing Sound of Male Rage in Rock Music

Linkin Park introduced new ways of expressing male angst into the mainstream—an evolution that continues today.<p>At the end of 2017, U2’s Bono made one of his periodic pronouncements about the state of rock and roll. “I think music has gotten very girly,” he told <i>Rolling Stone</i>. “There are some good …

Music

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown

Before Xi Jinping, the internet was becoming a more vibrant political space for Chinese citizens. But today the country has the largest and most sophisticated online censorship operation in the world. By Elizabeth C Economy<p>In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a …

China

Trials and tribulations: my life as a criminal barrister

Years spent representing young offenders left me unconvinced that the system was giving them a fair shot at rehabilitation.<p>By Sarah Langford<p>I am not most people’s idea of a stereotypical barrister. I am not a man, I did not go to a top university, and I do not come from a family of lawyers. As an …

Shades of Grey

The Cities That Never Existed

What if the urban visions of famous architects and planners had actually been built?<p>It was a bright summer morning in 1940. As Paris emptied of people, a single panic-stricken thought swept through the chaos of the crowds: <i>Il y a péril en la demeure</i>—there is danger in delay. The thief thought so …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Hitler and Hitlerism: Germany Under the Nazis

The Führer’s early goals included physical education, a return to rural life, health care for all -- and foreboding plans for the Jews.<p>IN my first article (published in the March <i>Atlantic</i>) I set forth in some detail the dominant ideas which shape the political philosophy of Adolf Hitler. I pointed …

The Wisdom of Russell Brand

The comedian-actor’s interview podcast, Under the Skin, is a fascinating listen that channels its host’s energy and interests in surprisingly productive ways<p>When you’ve done it all, what then? When you’ve smoked all the crack, eaten all the chocolate, had all the sex, made all the money, and been …

Russell Brand

This Is What It Was Like to Be a Teenager in the Middle Ages

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today.</i><p>We have a tendency to associate youth …

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.<p>Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio …

Aliens

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

"German Rifle Association" kämpft für amerikanische Verhältnisse bei Waffenrecht

Die deutsche Waffenlobby trägt Blümchenschal und einen roten Kurzhaarschnitt. Zumindest tut das Katja Triebel, der ich in Berlin-Spandau bei einer …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes off the gloves

<i>For more on Justice Ginsburg, watch the documentary "RBG"</i> on CNN Monday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>Washington (CNN) —</b> For Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the gloves are off and the collar is on.<p>As she did on Monday in an important employee wage dispute, Ginsburg dons her classic …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

The need to work less is a matter of life and death

The May bank holiday is intimately linked to labour history and to struggles over time spent at work. In the US, May Day has its origins in the fight …