Human beings do not live in the head alone

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, September 2012

“You can’t study on a full stomach” as an old proverb has it. But the opposite also applies: “You can’t digest on a full brain”. Leaving both of them empty would be a disastrous move; simply filling them up leaves us with the dilemma. So if we want to learn with children, we would be well advised to reflect on that because nothing less is at stake than their mental and physical health. [more]

Plants, animals, humans: life is threefold

By Reinhard Wallmann, September 2012

Every living being has its characteristic way of occupying the space of its development with its own specific form. [more]

Publisher's View

Loss and trust

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, September 2012

One of the great riddles of our time is undoubtedly how people managed to survive for millennia without self-help books or courses. Even today we can still see mothers in remote parts of the world who, barely twenty years old, make their way through life ­– or do they stumble? – with a baby on their hip, another one by the hand and a third one attached to their leg in total ignorance of our bookshops full of advice books on education, health and how to throw a birthday party. Back home after our travel adventure, casting our gaze over the grey-haired ocean of an orderly German shopping street, the question arises: “How do these young mothers bring up their children? Are they allowed to at all?”   [more]

Waldorf worldwide

Inkanyezi Waldorf School – a township star

By Eike-Sophia Sondermann, September 2012

Eight years ago, Eike-Sophia Sondermann became familiar with the Inkanyezi Waldorf School in South Africa when she started working in its kindergarten. The school was established in 1986 in the middle of Alexandra township where it has struggled to survive. Its story is just as dramatic as the story of its country.  [more]

Spotlight

Brainy brain structures

By Thomas Marti, September 2012

Brain research is currently booming and has become the new faith. Wherever the prophets of this new revelation appear – on television, in lecture halls, in books or newspaper interviews – they can expect a large audience and a community of believers. But is what they reveal to us tenable? [more]

Column

Inferior life?

By Henning Köhler, September 2012

A debate was held in Philosophie-Magazin 04/12 on the question: “Is it morally defensible to abort a child with Down’s syndrome because of his or her disability?” Dieter Birnbacher, a specialist in medical ethics, thought it was. Peter Radtke, a member of the German Ethics Council, disagreed. [more]

Editorial

The best things come in threes

By Mathias Maurer, September 2012

Dear Reader, Teresa, six years old, is an awake and alert child. One day she begins to suffer from serious heart problems. She is taken to hospital and requires an operation. Ten years later: Teresa has psychiatric problems and only eats to make herself sick again. She is getting psychotherapeutic treatment for her anorexia. Another ten years later: Teresa writes her doctoral thesis on an unsolved problem of mathematics: that there are correct propositions which cannot, however, be proved. The subject drives her insane. Teresa’s story recalls, in miniature, the biography and fate of the brilliant mathematician Kurt Gödel (1906 -1978), a close friend of Albert Einstein’s and one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. It becomes... [more]

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