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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Arrow of Time

The oxymoron of government innovation

Several governments are busy reigning in the power of private businesses. On July 5, Bloomberg claimed that "[] what’s clear is that Beijing is looking for a way to control data collected by private companies, and is willing to shut them down if necessary." The Bloomberg article added an interesting line: "China still hasn’t figured out exactly how that...

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The Flow: individual and collective

While editing my July 1 blog, I discovered the flow model by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It combines several of my topics: Boredom, Control, Doubt (worry), Fear (anxiety), and Flow. Arousal is covered by my blogs on Love and on lust. Relaxation is covered in my blogs on happiness & satisfaction, and confident humility. Until my July 1 blog, I had never written...

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What is risk and why is it?

Essentially, risk is our nickname for dealing with uncertainties. Uncertainty is a consequence of Change, including its occurrence, its frequency, its direction (ie, the how, what, when, where, who questions). It suddenly occurred to me that I’ve never questioned the Why of Change. Change is a default or given in Life. Without Change (or motion), there would...

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The time is never ripe

Last Sunday, my girlfriend and I had a discussion in which I argued that the time is never ripe. After a glance, she agreed with me because her patients always argue the very same thing: the time is not ripe (eg, for an appointment, a medical procedure, and so on). The above relates to several other topics in my blogs: balancing risk-reward, being busy busy busy,...

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Subtractive solutions

Several years ago, I wrote my blogs Less is More (2014) and More is Better (2016). Latter was about consumerism. The former has a broader context in our vocabulary. For some time, I've saved a 2021 Scientific American article for future blog use: Our brain typically overlooks this brilliant problem-solving strategy. Many problem-solving solutions have two basic...

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Why are we who we are?

A few days ago, I suddenly felt a question popping up in my mind: Why are we who we are? It might be the strangest question that I've dealt with. I've googled my question and noticed a 2006 book by Canadian psycholinguist Frank Smith (1928-2020): Ourselves: Why We Are Who We Are. Apparently, my question is less weird than I thought it was. Last Monday, I...

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