Recently, a Dutch-Flemish boy of eleven years graduated cum laude in Physics at Antwerp University. He started studying at Eindhoven University of Technology at the age of nine (Brussels Times). What does this event imply for topics like our biological clock, consciousness, epigenetics, learning vs teaching, nature vs nurture, talents, and/or the age when our brain...
13 Sep, 2020
Quanta Magazine title: By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity Quanta subtitle: Recent major surveys show that reductions in genomic complexity — including the loss of key genes — have successfully shaped the evolution of life throughout history. By: Viviane Callier Date: 1 September 2020 "When Cristian Cañestro set out in the early 2000s to study...
15 May, 2020
Often, time feels like a weight on our shoulders when we must get to our appointments "in time". The recent stay-at-home orders have learned us new experiences, like how to fill that vacuum of time. A subsequent new experience that we have learned is that each day is similar to the previous and the next day. Somehow, time has gotten lost upon us. Since mid 2013, I...
21 Oct, 2019
Last Thursday evening, a strange question suddenly entered my mind: why must each generation learn everything again? The obvious answer would relate to biology, nature vs nurture, etc. A recent Quanta article argues that it's not that simple: Inherited Learning? It Happens, but How Is Uncertain (Saturday's blog). This booming scientific field is called...
19 Oct, 2019
Quanta Magazine title: Inherited Learning? It Happens, but How Is Uncertain Quanta Magazine subtitle 1: Studies suggest that epigenetics allows some learned adaptive responses to be passed down to new generations. The question is how. Quanta Magazine subtitle 2: Memories passed down in our genes? Not exactly. But biologists have observed examples of learned...
- Obstacles inspire to bigger thinking
- Are we wasting a good crisis?
- Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct (Scientific American)
- Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years (Quanta)
- Life Is Complicated—Literally, Astrobiologists Say (Scientific American)
- Let’s work together
- Love has no doubt
- The opposite of love is indifference, not hate
- Faith is Love, Religion is Power, Knowledge explains the difference
- Inflation Is Good for You (the Intercept)
- There is no easy escape from the global debt trap (FT)
- Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns (Reuters)
- From “are you being served?” to “will you be served?”
- The law of supply and demand in hospitals
- The law of supply and demand
- Who is to blame for hospital demand exceeding supply?
- The EU Bankrolled a Rebellion That Threatens to Tear It Apart (Bloomberg)
- ‘We doen te lacherig over snurken. Het is een onderschat relatieprobleem’ (de Standaard)
- We moeten ons afvragen: wat betekent ‘2G’ voor de democratie? (NRC)
- Go with the flow