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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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What are the odds in Love?

Recently, I wrote that I'm looking for a combination of a friend, lover, muse and a soulmate. An online friend added another relevant role that is important to her (and me): a partner. Each role has a different functionality. What are the odds of finding such a combination of roles? Actually, these odds are surprisingly slim. The best odds are about finding a lover...

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Life is a journey along its destinations

As a boy, I dreamt about becoming an archeologist and write a book. It never happened. I still love ancient history though. My father owned a local barber shop annex clothing store and dreamt about one of his two boys becoming his successor. That never happened. He died at 61 and never saw his sons reach their full potential. That memory left a scar inside me. My...

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Facebook Should Stop Pretending It Has Such High Standards (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Facebook Should Stop Pretending It Has Such High StandardsBloomberg subtitle: The company’s critics, employees and founder would be better off if they just admitted its main goal is to earn a profit.By: Matthew YglesiasDate: 10 October 2021 "Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen has bequeathed to the world a trove of documents about the...

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New York Times Retracts Massive Exaggeration of Children Hospitalized by COVID-19 (NR)

Introduction LO: Today, the size of the US population is slightly over 330 million people. The (now retracted) New York Times article below stated that nearly 900,000 children (almost 0,3%) had been hospitalized with Covid-19, while the total number of American corona fatalities is almost 742,000 (or 0,225%), including some 500 children. Clearly, this NYT writer -...

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The Great Filter in civilizations: a conclusion

For a long time, I’ve wondered about the Great Filter in civilizations. Why do initial successful civilizations eventually fail? It also relates to the Fermi paradox: if there is any extraterrestrial civilization, why haven't they contacted us by now? All civilizations seem doomed to fail after their initial success; often for unknown reasons (eg, Cahokia, USA)....

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Is ideology responsible for stupidity?

It occurred to me that (blind) ideology might be responsible for human stupidity. According to a 2018 paper in the Journal of Degenerative Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, author James F Welles claims it is indeed: The Ideological Basis of Stupidity. Since 1990, he wrote at least 3 books on stupidity. The diagram in my recent blog on Needs, Wants,...

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