Intentionally foregoing information can be a good decision for both individuals and society

"Deliberate ignorance can be understood as a cultural skill"

Ralph Hertwig, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and Christoph Engel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, on why deliberately foregoing information in certain areas should even be prescribed and taught. more

Harry Potter and the deliberate ignorance in welfare economics

Deliberately ignoring information can sometimes lead to better decisions. This can also be the case in the relationship between the market and the state—that is, in whether the state should intervene in the economy to correct for a market failure, for example more


Radio telescope Effelsberg turns 50

May 06, 2021
The 100-metre antenna has written scientific history and is still one of the top telescopes today

Oldest Human Burial in Africa

May 05, 2021
Dating to 78,000 years ago, the burial was found by archaeologists in Panga ya Saidi, a cave site on the Kenyan coast

Polarization and mobilization on social media affect infection figures

May 04, 2021
Model calculations reveal a link between political dissemination of information and Covid-19 infections in the USA

Corona update

New app calculates corona infection risk in rooms

April 09, 2021
Size of aerosol droplets that virus carriers release strongly influences infectivity

Interleukin-33 involved in immunity to Sars-CoV-2

April 09, 2021
Freiburg researchers dissect Covid-19 immunity of recovered patients

Opening at the pace of vaccination

April 07, 2021
If the case numbers are low, contact restrictions can be relaxed relatively quickly in the course of the vaccination campaign

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Significant increase in applications for Max Planck Schools

April 12, 2021
The Max Planck Schools as a joint initiative of German universities and non-university research institutions continue to gain visibility

Female pioneers of science

Contemporary Max Planck women scientists on six female trailblazers in history who persevered despite facing often daunting social obstacles.

Job Offers

Postdoctoral position | Transformative Intermediaries

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)
May 12, 2021

Postdoctoral position | Political economy, global transformation, and anthropology

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)
May 12, 2021

Survey Methodologist (f/m/d)

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich
May 12, 2021


Videos and Events

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Video March 04, 2021
Raisa Sherif,  now a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, talks about her work, what advice she has for girls who want to become researchers, and the challenges of becoming a researcher.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Emmanuelle Charpentier

Video October 07, 2020
Live recording of the press conference on October 7, 2020 at the Science Forum in Berlin

Synthetic Chloroplast Production using a Microfluidic platform

Video May 13, 2020
Cell-sized droplets equipped with natural and synthetic parts are able to perform photosynthesis. In the future, they could serve as bioreactors for the sustainable, light driven fixation of CO2 into value-added compounds.

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

Video February 10, 2020
Anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan looks at how Indonesian filmmakers respond to the challenges of their social and environmental surroundings and how they influence the development of moral values, for example, through solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

Parrots help others to find food

Video January 10, 2020
Parrots exhibit a high level of social intelligence and cooperativeness. Moreover, they reciprocate received favours and do not appear jealous, if conspecifics obtain a better reward than themselves.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

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