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"Das Spice muss fließen!" - Über den Zusammenhang von Wohlstand, Weisheit, Wirtschaft und Glück (Germen podcast)

"Das Spice muss fließen!" - Über den Zusammenhang von Wohlstand, Weisheit, Wirtschaft und Glück (Germen podcast)

  • 03.07.2024

Guest: Niklas Kirchner

We hope that rulers, be they kings, presidents or parliaments, who have a significant influence on our lives and coexistence, do so for the benefit of the citizens they govern.
By today's standards, they should above all be able to see through economic interrelationships. There, it seems, the main thing is to regulate or create space so that a society can improve bit by bit through a flourishing economy. After all, a prosperous economy means prosperity and prosperity means happiness, doesn't it?
Frederike Michael Hampe and Niklas Kirchner discuss this in the podcast. Michael Hampe is the initiator of the Metis project and Professor of Philosophy at ETH Zurich and Niklas is a doctoral student of practical philosophy, also at ETH.

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Save Our Souls (and the bodies too)! - über Heilung und Hilfe als weisheitliche Praxis (German podcast)

Save Our Souls (and the bodies too)! - über Heilung und Hilfe als weisheitliche Praxis (German podcast)

  • 02.07.2024

Guest: Tobias Esch, Alexander Poraj

Today Michael Hampe, Alexander Poraj and Tobias Esch talk to each other about back pain, gallstones and sacrificial taps. In short, about the multifaceted meaning of what can be understood by "healing" in philosophy, science and spirituality.
What makes a person a healer? That they have mastered certain techniques? That they know everything about their patients? That he knows their life story? That he has gone through the illnesses of the mind and body himself and mastered them? The answers that Zen master Alexander Poraj and doctor Tobias Esch give in this podcast will surprise some people.

This podcast introduces a new METIS sub-project, the "New Metaphysical Club". In this one, we are looking at the relationship between spirituality and science. We will be interviewing people who deal with these two topics, publishing and filming videos and publishing them on our website and the relevant portals.

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A Good Choice!

A Good Choice!

  • 10.06.2024

Metis Comic (Instagram)

Why do we sometimes find it difficult to make the right decisions? Can we learn how to make good decisions? Wouldn't it be great to have a book to help us make decisions? On the other hand, would that really be desirable?
Anyway, enjoy the comic!

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Mysticism - Dschalalluddin Rumi

Mysticism - Dschalalluddin Rumi

  • 10.06.2024

Diary note (Instagram)

The mystical is unspeakable. It cannot be put into words.
Follow our Metis through her philosophical diary on Instagram and comment on her entries!

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Affirming life despite all adversity - Viktor Frankl's search for the meaning of life (English podcast)

Affirming life despite all adversity - Viktor Frankl's search for the meaning of life (English podcast)

  • 02.06.2024

Guest: Tobias Esch

What is the meaning of life? In the podcast, we draw from Tolstoy's existential dilemmas with this question as a foundation for exploring diverse approaches to adopting a positive outlook on life. We juxtapose Tolstoy's inquiries with Viktor Frankl's quest for meaning under drastically different circumstances: enduring total deprivation in a concentration camp. This contrast aims to help us think along different pathways in the search for life's purpose.
Guiding us along these pathways is Tobias Esch, general practitioner, neuro- and health scientist, professor and head of the Institute of Integrative Healthcare and Health Promotion at the private University of Witten/Herdecke. He is a bestselling author of mental health care books discussing things such as why we should bother getting up in the morning and why we need more of less.

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A timeless thought

Anne Frank

28. September 1942

I find it very strange that grown-up people can argue so
quickly, so much and about all kinds of little things.
things. I used to think that only children bickered like that
and that it would settle down later.
28. September 1942

What do you think about this?

What do you think of his reasoning?

Mere provocation?

Paul Kurt Feyerabend


Philosophers deal with the realization the same way the American Rifle Association deals with gun ownership: you can't mess with it, no matter how dangerous the effects are. But look, too many cars kill forests, lakes and people, they pollute the air, cause traffic jams, make children nervous with their noise and so on and so forth. Nevertheless, people still love their cars; they won't give them up that easily. That's why we need laws to regulate car use. And too much "rational", i.e. de-emotionalized discourse endangers the subtle connections between knowledge, emotion, action, hope, love and the components of our lives. Is our mind less worthy of protection than our lungs?

Technology vs freedom?

Susanne K. Langer

Technological progress endangers people's mental freedom.

How could that be meant?

How would you understand that?

Making sense of fragments

Ludwig Wittgenstein


Worries are like illnesses; you have to accept them: the worst thing you can do is rebel against them.
They also come like attacks, triggered by internal and external causes. And then you have to say to yourself: "Another attack."


Goodbye Jan Assmann!

7. July 1938 - 19. February 2024

On February 19 of this year, the Egyptologist, religious and cultural scholar Jan Assmann passed away. Among countless other things, he taught us that Egyptian wisdom consisted to a large extent of listening to other people's wishes, suffering and hopes. At the same time, it was important to take a step back and be friendly and attentive to others. We had the opportunity to interview him and discovered that he himself embodied this ideal.
Thank you very much for your time, Jan Assmann!
 7. July 1938 - 19. February 2024

Poem of the moment

Because I could not stop for Death
Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.
We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –
Or rather – He passed Us –
The Dews drew quivering and Chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –
Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Dialogues of the Dead

"Reading is education."

Voltaire says:

"Read, educate yourself! Reading alone develops our mind, talking confuses it and playing narrows it."

Konfuzius says:

"If you believe everything you read, you should stop reading."

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Laozi points out:

"A beautiful book is like a butterfly. It lies lightly in the hand, transports us from one flower to the next and gives us a glimpse of heaven."

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Lichtenberg shouts in between:

"A book is a mirror, if a monkey looks into it, no apostle can look out."

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