What would you answer?

A man asks a passing person: “Can you please tell me where to find the train station?” Here are some answers. How would your’s look like? Education Specialist: “Of course I know where to find the station. But it would be better if you could find out yourself!” Social Worker: “Get in the car, I’ll drive you there.” Talk Therapist: “You don’t know where the train station is, and that does not only make you sad, but also a little bit angry.” Psychoanalyst: “The train station? You think about this dark cave where these long things go in and out?” Behaviour Therapist: “Lift up your right foot. Move it a little bit forward. Now place it down again. Good!” Family Therapist: “What do you think your sister thinks about your parents’ feelings when they know that you want to go to the train...

Growth Rate

The World Bank, African Development Bank, and dozens others monitor the development of sub-Saharan countries constantly. I monitor James’ body height in more or less regular intervals: GDPs are calculated in different ways – so because of the outlook, I took the data from the African Development Bank Group (received Jan 22, 2014, here). My own empirical observation provided me with growth data of James’ body height. Year Δ GDP Liberia Δ Height James 2012 8.9% 6.3% 2013 7.7% 5.9% 2014 5.4% 5.6%   Let’s see, how that correlates to each other and find out if James’ change in height could function as a predictor for the GDP-change in Liberia. R, my favourite statistics-tool, does it in a really fast way: > gdpliberia = c(8.9, 7.7, 5.4) > deltajames = c(6.3, 5.9, 5.6) > cor(gdpliberia, deltajames) [1] 0.9659277 Significantly! James’ growth...

Gloria in Excelsis

Another advent Sunday, another recording: Gloria in Excelsis Deo. E-Mail me for mp3-files.

Oh Sanctissima

Recorded today, for the first Sunday of Advent, a modern variation of “Oh Sanctissima” (Oh Du Fröhliche). Happy Advent!

Traditional Cassava fights have begun – Bong County excited!

Never before have the Kpelle people revealed their secret of the traditional Cassava fights to outsiders, until this year, when I stumbled over one of the traditional cassava swords and – puzzled – asked my local friends about its purpose and meaning. The century old tradition of cassava fights takes place as both a functional approach to ease tensions between villages and a rite of passage for young men on the edge of manhood. After successful participation, the young cassava warrior – ca’wa – becomes a formal member of the agricultural group, now being allowed to assist in the annual cassava harvest. During the traditional wars, all other disputes are suspended – a tradition that seems remarkably similar to the Olympic games of ancient Greece. However, it was not possible to reveal the origins of this tradition. The traditional cassava fight is an...

Totota – the research community!

Bobby and the postman

A really popular song right now

Secret Society

Me: Who can become member of a secret society? Ed: Everbody. Me: Can I become a member? Ed: No. Me: Why not? Ed: Everybody knows that white people put everything in books, and then it is not a secret anymore!