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Tomorrow Is Yesterday

“Tomorrow Is Yesterday” was the title of an episode of the television series Star Trek, and although it was the nineteenth episode overall, it was the first to flicker into German living rooms fifty years ago this May. The story revolved around timelines and time travel. It made us think about our o…

Hot Wheels

We love to play. To playfully try things out that make us curious. Whether these things want to be played with or not. Because the challenge is part of the game. Just like in real life. Though we should clarify one thing, as a cognitive aid to help those holding intellectually insecure or stubborn v…

Really?

If you think logical thinking is the perfect epistemological tool, you’d better put this magazine aside right now. Unfortunately, life is not unconditionally logical. More like merrily untamed. But no matter.

People may think logically – but also always intuitively. The ideal philosophical method: …

All in Good Time

Control-freak decision-makers are going to need nerves of steel. Because the culture of senseless activism is here to stay. “Change” is the mantra of constant transformation, “innovation” the refrain that defines the prevailing imperative. The visionary is happily galvanized and electrified by both …

Say Watt?

Moin! We find joy. In the North Germans. They are generally regarded as cold and unapproachable. Exuberance is a foreign word to them. The greeting behavior contributes to the consolidation of the first impression, for the North Germans an implied nod is sufficient. Particularly good-humored specime…

California Dreamin'

The warmth and lightness of the moment. Sun and light, the sound of our favorite songs floating on the breeze, an endless blue sky as the stage for our dreams and for every good idea – a perfect summer’s day. In summer, the world submits to a wonderfully relaxed way of life. Our imagination runs wil…

Paradise is Half as Nice

Who needs Paradise? Heaven on earth is so much more fun. More tangible, more accessible, above all more doable. It’s up to us. We see what we expect to see. Optimism and good cheer become a matter of attitude. So we focus on the positive things, lust for life, desire to create. Suddenly the world be…

Je ne 
sais quoi

What sorts of things arouse our interest, trigger our desires, shape our passion? Not the ideal or the perfect, and certainly not the ordinary or conformist. Sometimes it is an apparent flaw that determines whether something is attractive or not. The deliberately missing piece. The predetermined bre…

Sex, Cars & Chocolate

The inspiration came from the bookshelf. Because we just can’t resist a book titled “Sex and Art and Chocolate”. At least that’s the German translation. Originally titled, How Pleasure Works, the book promises to tell us “why we like what we like”. We in turn promised everyone we’d be back in two da…

Fünf Punkt Null

Nach der Fünf machen wir einfach einen Punkt und setzen die Angelegenheit wieder auf null. Neugierig geworden? Prima! War Absicht. Und hat auch einen handfesten Grund: Wir feiern dieses Mal die 50. Ausgabe, wie immer gut gelaunt und hoffentlich auch anregend – und mit deutlich mehr Inhalt als sonst:…

Higgledy Piggledy

All those who find the title of this issue strange can now take a deep breath. Because at first the editor-in-chief was enthusiastic about "Kraut & Rüben"(“Herbs & Turnips”), which would probably have led to a drug raid on the redaction’s offices and thus to a cheerful hullabaloo. Which fits perfect…

Silence

When things get confusing and complex, we usually want only one thing: to do something. Anything. No matter what. Behavioral scientists call this action bias, a cognitive distortion with built-in, systematic fallacies. This phenomenon seems to feel really at home in the present world. That’s why we …

Drive Free

Our world likes to surprise us with sudden obstacles lately. This calls for innovative thinking - and fast evasion. We in turn translate this idea into »Drive Free« for this issue. And in it we deal with the new Polestar brand, make a wild ride with an Audi R8 and a McLaren 720S Spider and start wit…

Superglue

A superglue connects two components in seconds, and sometimes even the moments themselves remain glued. Connected in the moment or hardened as a memory. We remember too! For example, the Ford GT40 and with it the dispute between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Or the moment when Sam Hancock blew up …

Transformers 2

The pace and variety with which the automotive world is currently changing could fill books. Especially as the car is not only reinventing itself but is also becoming an empathic friend at our side. Enough stuff, then, for a second Transformers edition inspired by the Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster. G…

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At the moment, everything is working to make the car intelligent as soon as possible. An autonomously functioning mechanical being. Similar to the intelligent machine personalities in Transformers. Though we wouldn’t mind if this transformation went off a bit friendlier than in the science fiction a…