Prof. Dr. Ernst Pöppel

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New article - In the jungle of time: the concept of identity as a way out

Brain scientists and psychologists are often victims of theories coming from other scientific areas. One example is the "treatment of time" in philosophy or physics. In our article we try to escape from these concepts in these disciplines. We use as a unifying concept of "temporal experiences" the psychobiological principle of homeostatic regulation which leads us to the idea of "identity" with its two meanings, i.e., identity of percepts or thoughts and self identity. Comments are welcome; the Frontiers journals provide the opportunity to comment either constructively or destructively.

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Dummheit: Warum wir heute die einfachsten Dinge nicht mehr wissen

In Zeiten der rasanten Zunahme von Informationen gewinnt der einzelne Mensch nicht etwa an Wissen, sondern verliert es dramatisch. Intuitives Wissen, die Fähigkeit zur Selbstkontrolle, das Wissen um das menschliche Maß, Handlungswissen – was über Generationen überlebenswichtig war, werfen wir zugunsten von „immer mehr“ und „immer schneller“ über Bord.

In sieben Exkursen veranschaulichen Ernst Pöppel und Beatrice Wagner, warum wir in so vielen Bereichen so wenig wissen und plädieren für die Intelligenz der Langsamkeit, der Pausen, des Unperfekten. Anhand von prägnanten Beispielen entlarven sie größenwahnsinnige Projekte, aber auch individuelle Dummheiten. Die Dummheit ist nicht zu vermeiden, sie gehört zu unserem biologischen Erbe, ihre Fallen zu kennen, kann aber helfen.

Aktuell auf der Spiegel Bestseller Liste für Sachbücher

Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
Verlag: Riemann Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum: 21. Oktober 2013
ISBN: 3570501590

Why TRIPLE-P, a personal publication platform?

One of the best paper I ever published together with some colleagues had 11 reviews before it was accepted for publication. ((E. Pöppel, P. Stoerig, N. Logothetis, W. Fries, K.P. Boergen, W. Örtel, J. Zihl: Plasticity and rigidity in the representation of the human visual field. Experimental Brain Research 68 (1987) 445-448)).

Just imagine how much time was invested: 11 reviews. ((Actually this paper never caught the attention of others.)) If I add it all up beginning with my first scientific publication in 1967 ((actually on some statistical problems in parapsychology)), reviewers invested hundreds of hours in my work – thank you (!) -, and often wasted their time – I am sorry(!).

Being now retired, I decided no longer to ask for temporal investments of reviewers by submitting papers to scientific journals. ((This does not imply not to co-author papers of my younger colleagues, but certainly not in any prominent position of authorship.)) However, trying to be active also in the future and not falling into silence for the rest of my scientific life, I want to use this TRIPLE-P to communicate some results and ideas which never were seen by a reviewer.

And TRIPLE-P serves another purpose: Some publications from the past are often hidden in books difficult to find; some of them are made accessible here, and quite a few are written in German. ((A warning: Some of the papers are written “tongue in cheek”. Who ever heard of “igniology”?)) For practical purposes, I include also my academic cv, and I thought it might be helpful to add a list of some earlier publications (most of them being reviewed) with short comments.