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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Boredom & Curiosity

Knowledge and its self-imposed limitations

A recent Dutch Financial Times article featured an interview with British philosopher Anthony Grayling. The article's title is a reply to a question by the interviewer: "Limitations to our knowledge? That's an absurd question." From a philosophical point of view, Mr. Grayling might be right although infinity may not exist. The interviewer may have referred to...

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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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We don’t know the things that we don’t know

We know the things that we know. That knowledge may seem a lot to us. Yet, that knowledge of known knowns becomes very small when we start considering (i) the things we know that we don't know (eg, most foreign languages), and/or (ii) the things we don't even know that we don't know these (no example - by definition). There's also a category of things we don't know...

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Somebody’s watching us

On 30 October 1938, a live radio show caused panic amongst its listeners (Wiki). That event played an adaptation of The War of the Worlds, an 1898 novel by H. G. Wells, which was directed by future filmmaker Orson Welles. On 25 June 2021, the US government released a highly anticipated report on UFOs (eg, BBC). This time there was no commotion - let alone...

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Why We Yawn (Psychology Today)

Psychology Today title: Why We YawnPT subtitle: A large study about yawning reveals a surprising insight.By: Sebastian Ocklenburg, Ph.D.Date: 17 May 2021 "KEY POINTS Why we yawn is still largely a scientific mystery.The world’s largest study on yawning analyzed yawns from 101 species.The results show the animals with bigger brains yawn longer.This finding supports...

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Life is less boring

Last weekend, I was having a late lunch / early dinner outside at a nearby restaurant. It felt good feeling the warmth of the sun on my face. I was enjoying one of my favourite dishes: vitello tonnato. Suddenly, a thought came into my mind: life is less boring (again). Probably, it makes sense: less freedom = more boredom (eg, captivity). There's an...

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