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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Conscience vs consciousness

A few weeks ago, two people asked me if I meant conscience rather than consciousness in my draft blog. No, I did not. In my view, there is a clear distinction: all people have consciousness but some people appear to have no conscience (eg, criminals, psychopaths,...

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Nothing to lose

Some four years ago, a friend in Belgium died on the same day that I bought my house near the Belgian border. I had hoped visiting her more often. My friend had been worried about her imminent death. She feared missing her (grand)children. I suppose that most of us...

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Recently, I had a discussion with a friend on interconnectedness and interdependence. In his view, interdependence ranks higher. We agreed that our discussion might be rooted in semantics. He proposed that I write about this topic. A related topic is causation, or...

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On the Leaks of a War With China (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures title: On the Leaks of a War With China By: George Friedman Date: 31 January 2023 “Over the past few days, two senior U.S. officials – Gen. Mike Minihan, the head of the U.S. Air Force Mobility Command, and Michael McCaul, the chairman of the...

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The age of the grandparent has arrived (Economist)

The Economist title: The age of the grandparent has arrived The Economist subtitle: The ratio of grandparents to children is higher than ever before. That has big consequences Date: 12 January 2023 "The most saccharine song of 1980 was “There’s No One Quite Like...

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The more you know, the less you understand

My title is borrowed from the Tao Te Ching (c.400 BC), written by ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi (a.k.a. Lao Tzu). Usually, his assertion is true; especially in matters of the heart (see song below). Recently, I noticed an exception at a macro level: the more you...

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Artificial plagiarism

"Microsoft has announced a deepening of its partnership with the company behind the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT by announcing a multibillion dollar investment in the business." (Guardian) Similarly, it's also accused of (assisted) plagiarism (eg,...

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Civilians (as a nickname)

In the 1980s, I fulfilled my (then-mandatory) military service. I tried to apply at a department that would benefit my skill set. The reply I received spoke volumes: "Why? Do you have a medical deficiency?" It was just the start of living in another world, in which...

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Time efficiency

Recently, I received a Dutch article that translates like: the ones trying to live more efficiently, will lack time for anything. The solution is, however, quite simple: stop or silence smartphone notifications. Also see recent WSJ article: How fixing notifications...

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Solomon’s paradox

Recently, I noticed an article of which the subject has been on my mind for a very long time. Why am I better in advising others than in advising myself? Big Think-2023: "In 2014, a paper from psychologists Igor Grossman and Ethan Kross introduced the idea...

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