Lectures for the XXIst Century
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Leuven University Press
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Lectures for the 21st century.Perspectives on Society and Science
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Each year, a course is offered, called Lectures for the 21st century. Perspectives on Society and Science. Each year, different themes are explored, and they are approached from different angles. In general, one finds here a good sample of what scientific research tures, a particular atmosphere is created. In the first place, we are ...
Genetics and genomics:from testing to treatment
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The complete and detailed sequence of a representative sample of hard to sequence DNA. This historic achievement has already pro-duced a few surprises. The number of genes (about 20,000) hidden much smaller than initially expected, and is only slightly higher than that in flies. The size of our genes varies between about 2 and ...
The Historic and the CurrentPolitical Development in Belgium:for King and Lasagne
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...lished a considerable number of articles discussing the possible or even immanent end of the state of Belgium. The attention of the international media was not surprising, as Belgium, after the 2007 most half a year. As a consequence, the federal political landscape colleagues that an immediate division of the country was rather ...
Living off the Land in Africa:myths and reality
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Talking about Africa often comes down either to descriptions of the beauty of its natural parks abundant with wild life or of its sunsets over sun-clad beaches. Alternately, coverage of Africa in the TV news, yields pictures of horrific civil wars and refugee While both extremes exist, they do not reflect the daily life of the ...
Human Rights, after 60 years.A philosophical reflection
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Human rights have taken an important place within the moral dis-concerns, they are an indication of all kinds of oppression, they became a contemporary translation of what used to be called the a considerable risk: just as everybody favours peace, so everybody seems to be in favour of human rights. Aren’t they losing their ...
Art and Cultural Identityof The Low Countries
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Cultural identity is a hot issue in Europe. This is due to the great tures tend to come into contact and conflict more easily. These contacts have strengthened the consciousness of cultural identity and cultural ethnicity. Cultural identity is claimed all over Europe now, not so much national identity but rather regional identity. ...
Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
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A small vignette can make the theme of spiritually integrated psy-woman to therapy. Whenever she is asked to play music in public, her hands start shaking so badly that she is no longer able to play the piano. We explore how in her self-experience she locks herself up in the physical dimension when she starts fearing that her hands ...
The origins of human retroviruses
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...retroviruses known (Fig 1), the Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus associated with fatal diseases. The first to be discovered, HTLV, athy, also known as tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) in a minority of infected individuals. If untreated, HIV causes an ac-Fig.1. Taxanomic classification of the Retroviridae based on their evolutionary ...
Functional Food, Panaceaor has the Emperor no Clothes
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...portance of food in the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease. Apart from the emphasis on the need for healthy food in general, there is increasing interest in so-called functional foods. Functional foods are essentially foods to which the manufacturers supermarkets, e.g. the margarines which claim to be good for your ...
History in the Age of Apology
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...“This is what it means to be human,’’ it says. “I cannot We live in an ‘Age of Apology’. Since the last decades of the previous century politics and society have entered into an age and a time in which the act of offering an apology in the public sphere is generally valued as a token of respectability. A seemingly world-...
Doping the athletein an age of presumed innocence:what if the lawyer wins the race?
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It is a general principle of law that a person is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise. Let us read some quotations in view of What would you say if you were tested and prohibited substances strategy. Perhaps legal counsel will advise them to employ this sporting sanction. This implies not only that the results of the ath-...
As we are ignorant …the role of the university in education
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Universities may be defined as institutions of higher education en-gaged in both research and education, performed in strong interac-tion, and in service to society. Agreement on this definition is not difficult to obtain. But profound differences appear when one is Many academics, especially in the humanities, forcefully reject ...
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Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Lectures for the XXIst Century