Martin Mahner

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Martin Mahner in the "Center GWUP" (2017).
Martin Mahner introduces himself (2017).
Martin Mahner at a meeting of the ECSO

Martin Mahner (born May 9, 1958 ) is a German biologist , philosopher of science and theorist of science . His areas of work are the philosophy of biology, the characterization of pseudosciences and the relationship between metaphysics and science.

Mahner studied biology and geography at the Free University of Berlin and received his doctorate in zoology in 1992. Until 1996 he had a graduate fellowship with Mario Bunge in Montreal. After teaching positions in Berlin, he has been head of the Center for Science and Critical Thinking of the Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences since May 1999 , as well as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation . He is also an active member of the European Council of Skeptical Organizations .

PSI tests

Together with the biologist Rainer Wolf, Mahner has carried out the so-called PSI tests of the GWUP at the University of Würzburg every year since 2004 . There, phenomena such as pendulum / dowsing rods, etc. a. examined. The PSI tests are mentioned in various media, for example: Quarks & Co, ZDF "Tonight", FAZ, SWR documentation "Alles lazy magic".



  • with Mario Bunge 2004: About the nature of things. Materialism and Science, S. Hirzel, Stuttgart.
  • with Mario Bunge 1997: Foundations of Biophilosophy, Springer, ISBN 3540618384 , German: Philosophical Basics of Biology, ISBN 354067649X (2000), Spanish: Fundamentos de biofilosofía, ISBN 968-23-2275-8 (2000), Japanese: Seibutsu tetsugaku no kiso, ISBN 978-4-431-10025-6 (2008).
  • 1986: Creationism - Content and Structure of Anti-Evolutionist Argumentation. Berlin, Pedagogical Center.
  • 1993: Systema Cryptoceratorum Phylogeneticum (Insecta, Heteroptera). Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagbuchhandlung (Zoologica 143).
  • 2001 (Ed.): Scientific Realism: Selected Essays of Mario Bunge. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
  • 2018: Naturalism - The Metaphysics of Science. Alibri, Aschaffenburg, ISBN 978-3-86569-223-8 .


  • 1996 with Mario Bunge: Is Religious Education Compatible with Science Education? Science & Education 5: 101-123.
  • with M. Kary 1997: What Exactly Are Genomes, Genotypes and Phenotypes? And What About Phenomes? Journal of Theoretical Biology 186: 55-63
  • 1998: Why there is only evolution when species do not evolve. Theory in Life Sciences 117: 173-199.
  • 2001 with Mario Bunge: Function and Functionalism: A Synthetic Perspective , Philosophy of Science 68: 75-94
  • 2002 with M. Kary: How Would You Know if You Synthesized a Thinking Thing? , Minds and Machines 12: 61-86
  • 2007: Demarcating Science from Non-Science. In: TAF Kuipers (ed.) Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 1: General Philosophy of Science - Focal Issues, pp. 515-575. North Holland: Amsterdam.
  • 2012: The Role of Metaphysical Naturalism in Science. Science & Education 21: 1437-1459.
  • 2013: Science and Pseudoscience: How to Demarcate After the (Alleged) Demise of the Demarcation Problem? In: M. Pigliucci & M. Boudry (eds.) Philosophy of Pseudoscience - Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem, pp. 29-43. Chicago University Press: Chicago.
  • 2014: Science, Religion, and Naturalism: Metaphysical and Methodological Incompatibilities. In MR Matthews (Ed.) International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching, Vol. III, pp. 1793-1835. Springer-Verlag: Dordrecht.

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  4. Mona Jaeger: Certification mark for the gold diggers. In: . August 29, 2010, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  5. Claus Hanischdörfer: The supernatural on the test bench: Everything lazy magic !? Südwestrundfunk , June 18, 2012, accessed April 1, 2019 .