Homo oeconomicus may not know it yet, but it is an increasingly endangered species. For, as economist Martin Kocher reports in the new edition of insightLMU, the notion that the behavior of economic agents is always motivated by rational self-interest has been experimentally refuted.
insightLMU also talks to Heinrich Leonhardt of LMU's BioCenter in Martinsried about his studies of biological regulatory mechanism that goes beyond the deciphering of the genetic code. This “epigenetic” system determines which genes are activated or repressed in the diverse cell types of multicellular organisms.
“I want to preserve my native language: Zazaki,” says LMU linguistics student Yasar Aratemür from Turkey, who is portrayed in the current edition – and who pays his way through university by working as a train driver. Thanks to his commitment, his originally Northwest Iranian vernacular may someday join the 160 language courses which LMU students can now choose from. insightLMU accompanies two students who are busy learning to speak and read Arabic at LMU’s Language Center.
Finally, insightLMU invites you on a journey that stretches back through 10,000 years of human history – and reveals what TV series such as “Autopsy” or “Bones” have in common with the research of LMU anthropologist Gisela Grupe.