In 1901 Duncan MacDougall, a physician in Haverhill, Massachusetts had the idea for a rather strange scientific experiment: He wanted to prove the existence of the human soul. And because he believed that the human soul must have a mass, he started to measure the weight of the soul. He chose six patients from an old-age home dying from tuberculosis for it was rather easy to determine the hour of their death. He placed them – apparently still resting in their beds – on a sensitive industrial scale. Whilst dying the six people actually lost weight: In average 21 grams. But for MacDougall that was not enough: Later on he experimented on dogs – with negative results, because when the dogs died the weight of their body did not change at all. MacDougall declared that he now could finally proof two things: Dogs had no soul! And the human soul had the average mass of 21 grams!

21 or 20One is the name of this magazine, not because we fancy strange experiments but because we believe that every good author puts part of his soul into his work. Our texts have 20One grams more than simple news: Our authors will give their opinion, make clear their intentions and show their emotions and their souls. Our stories are based on research and facts, but with the little bit extra that is our writers’ unique voice.


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