Tampere, Helsinki, Lisbon, Padova, Oslo, Nancy, Bulavayo, Hangzhou, Paris, Taipei, Singapore, Sydney, Tallinn, Milan, New
York (Brooklyn, Bronx), Hilo (Hawaii), Jinghong (China, Xishuanbanna, 3 different), Rio de Janeiro, Belem.
especially the eastern front in WW2
humanity in extreme situations, and problems of leadership
history of Gulag and concentration camps and genocides in general
technological developement of warfare.
Globalisation and its counter forces
global democracy, NIGD, development co-operation, future of UN, NGOs
History, present, and practice of drug use
problems and inevitable collapse of current USA-led prohibitionism ("war on drugs")
alcohol and its place in the western culture
the optimal way of mixing gin tonic or caipirinja and enjoying it in the afternoon
Some favourite cities: Venice, Delhi, Sydney, New York, Paris, Prague, Darjeeling, Shanghai, Florence, Cortona, Istanbul,
Maputo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Berlin, Singapore
Staying on colonialist or just old hotels
Peace Hotel (Shanghai), Pujiang (Shanghai), Old Bellevue (Darjeeling) , Hotel Athens (Cortona), Imperial Hotel (Prague)
intuitionistic logic, constructive type theory
philosophy of language, especially Wittgenstein's later philosophy
philosophy of science, especially Kuhn, Popper, Feyerabend
philosophy of art, especially Danto
the problem of consciousness, AI.
the foundations of mathematics and computing
I read regularly paper copies of : Helsinginsanomat, International Herald Tribune, Economist, New Internationalist, Scientific
American, Foreign Affairs, Suomen Kuvalehti, Kauppalehti, Tietoviikko,
Tekniikanmaailma, Guardian Weekly
I follow the netsites of: Guardian, Independent, New York Times, Zeit, Iltalehti.