The private life of rabbits

In Agatha Christie’s short story “The Market Basing Mystery”, Hastings slightly misquotes the anonymous piece of Doggerel verse which in full reads:

The rabbit has a charming face:
Its private life is a disgrace.
I really dare not name to you
The awful things that rabbits do;

Things that your paper never prints –
You only mention them in hints.
They have such lost, degraded souls
No wonder they inhabit holes;
When such depravity is found
It only can live underground.


Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Video by TED. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

Does Pinker’s “Better Angels” Undermine Religious Morality?

An excellent post on Why We Reason about Steven Pinker’s latest book “The Better Angels of our Nature” on the decline of violence through history and religious morality. If you like it, you can vote for it here. I do, and I did 🙂

Why We Reason

It is often argued that religion makes individuals and the world more just and moral, that it builds character and provides a foundation from which we understand right from wrong, good from evil; if it wasn’t for religion, apologists say, then the world would fall into a Hobbesian state of nature where violence prevails and moral codes fail. To reinforce this contention, they point out that Stalin, Hitler and Mao were atheists to force an illogical causal connection between what they did and what they believed.

One way to answer the question of if religion makes people and the world more moral and better off is to look at the history books. For that, I draw upon Steven Pinker’s latest, The Better Angels of Our Nature, an 800 page giant that examines the decline of violence from prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies to the present. Pinker opens his book with the following: “Believe…

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The Connection

On a Health Trip in Vienna, Austria


Coffee with a good conscience! This is a lovely place near the Altes AKH — Uni Campus. Plus, with each coffee you drink, you help young people with a migration background to find a job.

The Connection
garnisongasse 11
1090 Wien
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Opening hours:
Mo-Thur : 09:00 – 19:00
Fr : 09:00 – 15:00





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