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Digitization is eating away at its creators and helpers

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When reality and pseudo-reality alienate each other

by Norbert Pintsch

INTRODUCTION:

Literature and quotations are deliberately avoided here.

So that it becomes easier to ignore

One can confidently dedicate oneself to pleasant things of the virtuality.

The short text is dedicated to the few students and open minds in the RUC.

SCIENCE AS SUPERFICIALITY

Sensitive or explosive topics attract interested parties. They want to learn more and the especially the good ones want to have a list of publications in order to control, discard, expose the author of a challenging article, to accuse of unscientific approach, - and by the way to convey; everything is in the best of order, and if not, then it will be soon!

EARLY CHILDHOOD WEANING

Children should learn to use the tools of the future as early as possible. The fascination of the virtual world has captured all areas. Its implementation in industrial production process is evident. Use of computers for designing, constructing and developing work is very common, previously income generation tools for freelance professions such as lawyers, tax consultants, auditors, - in the industry you get used to the use of algorithms (Industry 2.0).

ERRORS AS IMPOSSIBILITY

It is inevitable that the curious - wise ones are hardly available in this branch and they have no voice in business life - good and enthusiastic develop further. Economic success counts and what can then be consumed. Scenarios are developed unrestrainedly, but also lived, so that the thought of a wrong approach becomes impossible to imagine!.

STUDY AS CONSUMABLE ITEM

What you don't know, you can't forget, and so you live in vegan nirvana as a novelty, which has long been known to the wise. Digitization covers all the differences on the planet. This is industry-friendly, therefore economical and, if you firmly believe in it, also environmentally friendly and resource-saving.

NO THEORY WITHOUT PRACTICE

No names are deliberately given here, but the model of permanent alienation from reality should stimulate thinking: each period of time relates to previous, practical experiences and development of a new theory. If the practice level is omitted, then a theory level develops which is falsely taken to be practice, etc. The production of errors becomes so immense that recognizing them is increasingly difficult!

NETWORKING AS A FLOSCLE

The euphoric nerds and Knights of Unworldliness, hardly have they gotten to know real life, have moved from one country to the next, without having gained experience with the peculiarities of the respective cultures.

UNIFORMITY REPLACES INDIVIDUALITY

Without having touched a piece of material in reality, they develop on the screen, have robot-friendly products calculated, test drugs without knowing life, they feel themselves qualified to advise others on conflicts, without ever having experienced a real conflict!

INTELLECTUAL EMPTYNESS AS TOOL FOR EVALUATION

Do the developers and their helpers notice how they are embedded in consumption themselves? - Why is that so? There is no need or interest for reflecting on their behaviour, besides, there is no time!

Terms like morality and ethics do not appear in the world of program developers and improvers, which makes intellectual cannibalism easier.

The attentive reader will have definitely discovered parallels in his environment! 

Introductory lecture in the IPC, on the occasion of the pandemic development

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III Essays by Norbert Pintsch

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Dear students and friends of the FPAC, 

In our Thatta Kedona funding project in the village of Thatta Ghulamkha Dhiroka were BBC journalists at the exhibition opening by HEIKUs the project initiator Dr Senta; Unfortunately, there were no visitors because of the pandemic come. 

Let us all wish each other health and be happy to the new year 2021! 

PS .: Three essays by our SRF Prof. Norbert Pintsch.

3 Essays Booklet by Norbert Pintsch on Scribd

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What one doesn't know, it is better to remain silent about that

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What one thinks to believe, it is better
to be silent about it.

by Prof. Norbert Pintsch, SRF/FPAC

If one were to take the statements of the heading and the subtitle to heart, there would only be social noises on the planet, such as: Oh, so, - ah, yes, So-so, - the difference to cattle on a pasture would not be very big, - whereby the principles: coming-staying-going are still true for all life!

Presumably, there are special relationships in each individual thoughts and Expression. Where do the thoughts come from and where do you get the names in the spoken expression? It is a lengthy process that starts even before the schooling and is always associated with imprints from the respective cultural environment.

When the schooling starts, "half the matter" is already set, and it would not be false to say if - instead of the schooling, individual experiences were being made. In the existing, impact-oriented life styles, there are various stipulations that hardly allow any space for deviations from the standard.

When special challenges arise in the increasingly globalized and digitized world with its unification and uniformity doctrines, we are not equipped to handle them. Attempts to find solutions can only be undertaken with existing instruments, whether in research, development, production!

The call for creativity and innovation is acoustically understandable. But cannot be implemented because the huge system is stuck. Weaknesses and general problems are repaired, refurbished, modernized. Short-sighted and short-term action and financial success are the yardstick, although human weaknesses are reflected in all undertaken measures.

Special situations such as wars, (natural) disasters, illnesses - specially of longer duration, offer both opportunities and challenges. So you have to think about the causes and act accordingly. This however contrasts with the persistence of global political, social and large economic systems.

However, the individual can, in parallel and during the course of usual schooling and qualification phase, step alongside oneself and practice free thinking. A fundamental effect would be to find out what is actually believed and what is factually known, see heading and subtitles. The resulting knowledge leads to a shock!

Such a shock is the prerequisite for the beginning of independent thinking and will not be based on the quantity of publications studied. Perhaps even the childhood impressions have to be taken into account in order to process the subsequent schooling.

Wars, disasters, diseases - they are challenges and opportunities to understand yourself and the environment and to move from the short-sighted and short-term effect-oriented to the far-sighted and long-term cause-oriented action and effect. It means free thinking - a luxury that everyone can afford, even if the daily problems of the cost of living and making sense of life are still to be overcome!

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Study and Research Opportunities in Germany

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On 5 March 2020, a seminar and expo was organized at the University of the Punjab about "Study and Research Opportunities in Germany". Dr. Inge Iqbal, Director of DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service was the main speaker and she explained in a detailed presentation the procedure for admission to German universities and getting scholarships. The event was organized jointly by IML (Partner of Goethe-Institut) and DAAD in collaboration with the Institute of Languages at the Punjab University. IML is also a partner of the FPAC (Foundation for Promotion of Academic Cooperation), which was represented at the event by its Senior Research Fellow, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Germany.


A large number of students attended the event in the large auditorium of the Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology. An exchange of information took place with the students showing great interest. Prof. Dr. Fahim Aftab (Department of Botany) and Prof. Dr. Rubeena Zakir (Department of Sociology) reported on their great experiences during their research time in Germany.


Prof Dr Rubeena contributed her experience from her doctoral studies.

Prof. Aamir Rafique delivered an interesting report of possibilities of learning German language in Lahore. At the end, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar congratulated the students and the organizers for the wonderful event and assured all support of the university in this regard.

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Major weather conditions affect NGOs

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by Prof Dr Norbert  Pintsch / IPC-FPAC

An idea is nice, but not always and not everything in it

People who produce ideas are always welcomed in the society - if they do not bother too much!

They enrich life and help to have hopes!

Hopes have to be put into action, where the problems begin.

-The look back may be good for explaining, but is not the solution for the present.
- Looking into the future is also not a solution, because we live in the present.
What should be done in the situation? For that the society produces rules.
- always with reasons, perhaps with good intentions. And the society allows research, with the latest methods, but often without experience with the factors.

In addition, there is another fundamental problem: We see what we can and want to see. It corresponds to our ideas and expectationswhich do not consider any utterly new direction of thought, because: where are these thoughts supposed to come from?

The above mentioned rules are usually created at the office table, mostly by well-meaning people, However, they lack practical experience and also the view of the whole situation.

Even if now seemingly feasible solutions may become available, their success is always dependent upon the weather conditions; i.e. the political circumstances. The reasons have the time factor as burden. There are always reasons, mostly speculative and irrational.Interestingly, these reasons correspond mostly to individual and private problems, based on traditions, which offer a mixture of excuses for activity and non-activity.

Thus, a willing and active source of ideas usually stands in the proverbial rain and is damned to inactivity. This is especially true when only the interest of general public is involved. Organizations and individuals join in only when they have a benefit. Purposeful action and action is always short-term, short-sighted and materialistically oriented.

In spite of all this, there is reason for reflection and action ...

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News from our Academic Network

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Royal University Center in Cameroon awards academic honors.

Links to our partners:

SPARC Pakistan
SPATH Cameroon
SPOCA Bangladesh
SPAET Colombia
SEMOL Iceland
SUTOL Sri Lanka

A special project is the Think-Tank Project, which is open to interested students with innovative and creative approaches.

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FPAC - NEWS

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From SRF Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC

Once again, it's time for the users of the FPAC to inform about their activities.

This consists of taking care of young academics, especially in the area of language training, - and study visits inside the country, as well as abroad.

During study visits inside the country, the visits of the AFA (NGO) to TGD are particularly noteworthy, as well as the project support provided by the annual prize for PCH, while at the same time teaching the students about life in the rural areas.

The excursions abroad are intended to draw the academic youth to the other cultures and provide exposure, thereby also to deepen the understanding of their own experiences.

Another activity is the special contact with other projects - here the SRF of the FPAC pdp is an important help with extensive contacts in Cameroon, Colombia, Iceland, among others.

Media students have for some time enjoyed the privilege of visits to media and journalistic bodies in Central Europe, because the FPAC has many years of experience in arranging such visits of media students to Germany and training sessions at the Institute of Journalism.

The special contribution of FPAC towards professional training of young journalists in the country is reflected in the establishment of Institute of Journalism on 20th March 2019 at the Falettis Hotel in Lahore. Mr. Aamir Rafique, Secretary General of FPAC is also the chief executive of the Institute of Journalism, which is also supported by the German Press Federation (DPV).

The FPAC is also directly and indirectly involved in social media and also uses the medium of the blog, particularly: FBTC, SPARC, SPOCA, SPATH, SPAET, SEMOL, SUTOL with articles from the SRF on various Topics.

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