Is it for the money that we are doing what we are doing? That doesn’t fit at all with a community defined by its intrinsic motivation, and certainly not when the object of that motivation is knowledge.
Imagine you are having lunch with legal experts. You don’t understand a word of what they are talking about. Are you afraid to make a fool of yourself? Or do you dare to ask a stupid question and see what happens? Be surprised!
With the opening of the academic year 2014-2015, the Faculty of the Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The presentations were a tour de force through the past, present, and future of our academic life.
Scholars try to understand and predict crimes to make society safer. Some expect that investigations of the nervous system will provide us with new solutions. Although this seems promising, it may distract us from other important sources of knowledge.
Aletta H. Jacobs was the first woman to graduate and become a medical doctor in the Netherlands. Her example changed both university and society. In the year of the 400th anniversary of the RUG, it even inspired a stunning musical.