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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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We all like to be needed, wanted or believed

Last Monday, I watched a French film on Netflix (eg, IMDb). After 1 hour and 9 minutes, someone says: "This woman needs me. Her children need me. And I want to be needed." Note: markings in quote by LO. I paused the movie and made a note. I wondered: is this what life is all about? There is a difference between being needed, wanted or believed in. I have a friend,...

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The final taboo

Recently, a friend said that (s)he wished (s)he was dead. Several years ago, someone expressed a similar wish; see my 2015 blog The road to recovery from a burn-out and depression. At my weakest moments, I have a similar feeling. Then, I remember my promise to my friend who died in 2016, and "soldier on". The 2015 blog mentioned above, refers to my 2013 burnout and...

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Pushing boundaries

Last Sunday, a local friend joined me at my table at his restaurant. He had a blog topic for me: pushing boundaries. He was not talking about the recently popular term of transgressive behaviour (in Dutch: grensoverschrijdend gedrag). More specifically, he wondered why I'm not pushing my boundaries. Children are always pushing their boundaries with respect to...

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Could the blueprint for life have been generated in asteroids? (Phys)

Introduction by LO: The origin of Life is a mystery despite millennia of human knowledge. This article gives a fresh perspective. Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) did not believe in the Big Bang although inventing this term on BBC radio himself. He believed in a hypothesis called panspermia (eg, my blogs) as the origin of Life on Earth. Panspermia is the...

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China: from pragmatism to ideology?

American ideological wars have confused non-Western countries, like China and Russia. America (and Europe) look weak and vulnerable in their perspective. This may explain Putin's "historical blunder" by invading Ukraine. As Aristotle already stated: "A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies". I am confused by the apparent transformation of successful...

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