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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Collective vs individual behaviour

When we look at ants, we tend to see a colony and group behaviour. When we look at ourselves, we tend to see individual behaviour. Is this an example of macro versus micro? In the view of aliens (if any), we must look like ants, including collective behaviour. Why do we view ourselves as individuals? Although I live rather solitary, I'm still part of a local...

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“I Have to Admit, I Have a Very Low Opinion of Human Beings”

A 2020 Science alert mentions a 2020 study published in the Frontiers of Physics mapping the "odd structural similarities between the human brain and the Universe". This is the most spectacular example of a recent concept that I call macro vs micro. To some extent, we may be living in a Droste-effect (eg, my 2021 blog). Recently, a strange thought entered my mind:...

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The Dutch childcare benefits scandal

The childcare benefits scandal that toppled the (still outgoing) Dutch Cabinet is still expanding. At least 1,115 children have been taken away from their families due to that same scandal. These parents lost everything while they were being drowned in debt, following clawback activities by the Dutch tax authorities. A friend told me that the Belgian approach is the...

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What is the point of it all?

The title of my blog has been on the mind of many - if not all - philosophers (eg, Aeon). The thought that there must be a meaning, purpose, reason or "point" is an example of a (philosophical) belief. Humans believe that there must be more to life than just living (eg, eating, sleeping, working). This human belief has far reaching consequences. The human...

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Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization (Phys)

Phys title: Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization By: Liz Fuller-Wright, Princeton University Date of publication: 9 January 2020 Note LO: see diagram #1 in original article. "Could the division of labor in an anthill be driven by the same social dynamics governing the gap between liberals and conservatives? That was the surprising...

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Are planets evolutionary lab experiments? (4)

There are many similarities between ant colonies and human societies: consciousness, cooperation, hierarchy, size, specialization, and even wars. Humans study ants. Somehow, it feels unlikely that ants study humans. In terms of mass, the ant (1-5 mg) vs human (62 kg) ratio is 1:21 million. Humans are, however, preoccupied with studying the Universe (eg, age,...

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