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Science

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Science

Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Medical Science

At medical school, my favourite subjects were physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and dermatology. I think that due to this, it has been a good idea that I focused on endocrinology, immunology, microbiology and genetics in context of psychiatric and internistic conditions (severe mental diseases, infectious diseases and cancer) in my research.

In my most important paper so far, "Model approach for stress induced steroidal hormone cascade changes in severe mental diseases", my co-authors and I published and defended our idea that severe mental diseases might be related to, if not even caused by, alterations of the human steroidal hormone cascade.
In a systematic literature study, we collected plenty of evidence of characteristic alterations in both patients afflicted with severe mental diseases and in marathon runners experiencing mild (physiological) stress. We found that some alterations appear in both groups, while others appear only in one of the two groups. This resulted in our proposition of a biological model that explains how severe mental diseases might be caused by characteristic changes of the concentrations of particular hormones, including testosterone, estradiol, androstenediol, androstanediol, dehydroepiandrosterone, cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone etc.
We believe that severe mental diseases (as well as infectious diseases and perhaps even cancer) can be treated by converting steroid hormones that are released as stress reactions into other steroid hormones that boost immunity.

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Computational Sciences and Artificial Life

I have been spending much of my sparetime since September 2017 studying computational systems biology. Of course the topic is not completely new to me since I gathered basic knowledge about it during my years as a university student, but I want to learn much more about this and become an expert.

Besides, earning my regular income as a software developer working in computational physics, I am especially interested in building physics and fluid dynamics. The foundation of all of this is numerical mathematics. I am still learning about partial differential equations and methods to solve them.

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Algorithms, Formal Logics, Theoretical Computer Science

Automata theory, the theory of formal languages, computability theory and complexity theory are my favourite subjects of computer science. In my studies, I also focused on algorithms and data structures. Moreover, artificial intelligence and machine learning do not leave me cold, either.

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General Interests

Metaphysics and Epistemology

My main interest is to understand how the world works, who we are, why we are here, what the purpose of our existence is, and so on. It is the greatest challenge to the human mind to find sound answers to these questions! Epistemology is related to metaphysics and deals with the question what, if anything at all, we are able to learn and be sure about that we know. I spent a lot of time thinking about this in my days as a university student.

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Cognition and Personality

This is a broad term that encompasses intelligence theory, psychometrics, neuroscience and other things. I have been spending a lot of time especially on intelligence testing and on getting to know what people who score very high on these tests are like. Moreover, I was particularly interested in personality psychology during my student years as I wanted to know the reasons why human beings are so different, and what the differences exactly are. I am especially fond of Carl Gustav Jung's personality theory and the psychological functions the existence of which he postulates.

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Politics, History, Geography

I know quite a lot about all of the countries in the world despite having actually been in few, and I am able to retrieve all countries (except a few small islands) on a world map. There are loads of good books on these matters. Also, I particularly enjoyed long talks with my father on political philosophy when he was still alive. He knew pretty much about all the different ideologies there are. I also enjoy listening to all sorts of national anthems and political songs.

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Demoscene and Diskmags

I have been interested in the demoscene since a penpal of mine brought it to my attention back in 1995, when I was 12 years old. He told me that it is these guys who have the best programming skills of all. Indeed, many works of the demoscene are really impressive, especially size-limited intros and procedural graphics. As I was editing a diskmag that focused on the demoscene, I have been following this scene closely for almost 20 years. Related to this, diskmags have been another great interest of mine in my youth, not only because I edited one myself. In fact, the only book that has been published on this subject so far is the one I wrote.

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16-bit Video Games (Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo)

I spent a lot of time playing these games in the time I was between 6 and 12 years old.

My Top 25 Favourite Games: Shining Force 2, Shining Force CD, Shining Force, Landstalker, Terranigma, Illusion of Time, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Soleil, Top Gear, Streets of Rage 2, Super Bomberman, Super Mario Kart, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, StarWing, Chiki Chiki Boys, Rocket Knight Adventures, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Super Mario All-Stars, Castle of Illusion, World of Illusion, QuackShot, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Some of the best video game music from this era: Shining Force CD - Title Screen, Shining Force CD - Main Campaign Theme, ActRaiser - Fillmore (also listen to this orchestral cover version), StarWing - Corneria, Landstalker - Seeking Treasure, Landstalker - Premonition of Trouble, Batman - Gotham City Street, Batman - Axis Chemical Factory, Batman - Flugelheim Museum, Terranigma - Overworld, Terranigma - Boss Fight, Pocky & Rocky - The Haunted Shrine, Axelay - Unkai, Castlevania The New Generation - Reincernated Soul, Castlevania The New Generation - The Sinking Old Sanctuary.

Talking about trivial things: My favourite movies are Los fantasmas de Goya, Red Corner, Ran, Ender's Game, the movies about Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Godfather, and the Divergent series.