The Theory of the Many COVID-Worlds

What we (think we) understand about the life-cycle of the pandemic is entangled with our ‘tools of observation’ and their function, and capacity. [Photo: Getty Images]
In 1957, Hugh Everett suggested the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum theory: each time the wave function collapses another universe is created. Given we have one COVID pandemic, and, yet, a multitude of global responses, are global populations living in respective COVID-worlds?

There’s a theory within quantum mechanics called the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI). The many worlds interpretation is intended to resolve one of the meta-paradoxes of quantum: why do the results of quantum experiments not match our everyday experience of the world? Or, more precisely: why is the conduct of quantum experiments unlike the conduct of ‘regular,’ macro-level experiments? Continue reading “The Theory of the Many COVID-Worlds”

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Die Verfassung ist ein Selbstmordpakt

Trump hat die Schattenseiten der amerikanischen Demokratie entblößt [Photo: Getty Images]
Das Ritual des Übergangs beruhte in der amerikanischen Politik bisher auf Ehrerbietung und Anstand ohne formelle Gesetze, die die Wählerschaft zur Volksabstimmung verpflichten. Doch durch Trumps wiederholte Anstiftung, für ihn ungünstige Ergebnisse zu leugnen sind die Bedingungen reif für eine konstitutionelle Krise. Während der friedliche Machtwechsel in den USA den Bürgerkrieg, den Wiederaufbau und die Great Depression überstanden hat, könnte Trumps Weigerung zurückzutreten, verschärft durch ein Wahlsystem, das in nicht kodifizierte Normen und ungeschriebene Praktiken verstrickt ist, einen Wahlalptraum heraufbeschwören.

Lesen Sie in diesem Artikel von Robert Benson mehr darüber, wie sich die Verknüpfung von Trump mit einem Mangel an Sicherungssystemen in der amerikanischen Verfassung auf die bevorstehenden amerikanischen Wahlen auswirken könnte.

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The ugly face of health politics – COVID-19 and the hypocrisy of the ‘saving lives’ metaphor

Public health must remain a key concern also outside times of crisis [Ashkan Forouzani/Unsplash]

As more and more people are voluntarily or forcefully retreating to their homes and isolating themselves from public life and social contact due to the ongoing global health crisis, it might be a good time to reflect on the circumstance that, according to estimates by WHO and UNICEF, in 2018 globally every five seconds a child or young person under 15 died of preventable infectious diseases, such as measles, or of complications in childbirth – many of them a consequence of unsafe births, lacking personnel, equipment, hygiene, infrastructure, and poor maternal health. A few days ago, I met an acquaintance, whose school-aged children have not been vaccinated against measles, carrying a stack of toilet paper packages in preparation for what was bound to come, the German-wide COVID-19 lockdown. The encounter made me aware of the imbalance between our plausible and humane concern for the safety and well-being of ourselves and those close to us on the one hand and a lack of awareness of our own role in preserving public health beyond COVID-19 on the other.

Continue reading “The ugly face of health politics – COVID-19 and the hypocrisy of the ‘saving lives’ metaphor”

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