"Unser gehirn braucht schubladen...": FOCUS-INTERVIEW

Quelle: FOCUS 43/16 vom 22. Oktober 2016
Quelle: FOCUS 43/16 vom 22. Oktober 2016

Interview im Magazin FOCUS, Ausgabe 43, vom 22. Oktober 2016. Sie können das vollständige Interview über den nebenstehenden Download-Button herunterladen.

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East-West Connections: conference at NTU (Singapore)

From left to right:

György Buzsaki from New York University, Guy Orban from Parma (Italy),  Giacomo Rizzolatti also from Parma, Atsushi Iriki from the Riken Institute in Tokyo, and me.


The conference "East-West Connections: Grand Challenges in Brain, Cognition and Good Life Research" was held at NTU (Nanyang Technological University) and organized by Jan Vasbinder (Director of Para Limes), and Balázs Gulyás, Professor of Translational Neuroscience, LKCMedicine. Other participants were Peter Somogyi from Oxford, Tamás Freund Budapest, Paul Matthews from London, Wolf Singer from Frankfurt, Mara Dierssen from Madrid, Fredrik Ullén from Stockholm, Jean Decety from Chicago, Torkel Klingberg from Stockholm, Stanislas Dehaene from Paris, and Henrik Ehrsson from Stockholm.


More than 200 people from science, economics, politics, media, the arts in Singapore registered for the conference. The topic of my talk was: "The power of single case studies: Examples from the early visual pathway."


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Retreat with
Dharma Master
Hsin Tao

on top of a mountain where we discussed the foundation of a
"University of Life and Peace"


Front row (Left to right):

Xiaoxiong Lin; Prof. Yan Bao;  PD Dr. Evgeny Gutyrchik;  Hans Peter Michel; Tabea Matt; Susana Lara Maier; Maria Reinisch; Nan Mu; Dr. Aline Vedder.


Back row (Left to right):

Manfred Gödel; Alexander Benz; Josef Bäuml; Jana von Trott zu Solz; Tobias Batram; Prof. Ernst Pöppel; Wolfgang Grundler; Fabian Simmank; Dr. Sarita Silveira.

ICP2016 World conference of psychology ON July 24-29, 2016

Left to right:

  • Prof. Yan Bao (Peking University)
  • Prof. Ernst Pöppel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Mr. Yasuhisa Maekawa (former European president of HONDA)
  • Prof. Yoshihiro Miyake (Tojyo Institute of Technology)


The ICP2016 World Conference of Psychology on July 24-29, 2016 in Yokohama.

Lecture on "Single Case Studies" in Taiwan.

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.