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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


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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My identity (2): “You’re aimless”

In my long phone conversations with a Possibly Maybe, she claimed that I was "aimless". I do not consider myself as being aimless. Hence, that remark might be an example of reverse psychology and projection onto others (my blogs). Nevertheless, I doubt it is. Occasionally, I do indeed wonder whether I should be doing more than just my daily writing. I replied...

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The final remark in yesterday's blog wondered whether life and relationships are all about reciprocity. That remark struck a nerve inside me because reciprocity even has its own blog label since late 2015. Nevertheless, I viewed reciprocity as human interaction. I failed to see its relation with balance & symmetry, symbiosis and perhaps...

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