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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Inspiration

Each day, I find / get / have new inspiration for writing these blogs. After all these years, it's hard to answer these basic questions: What is inspiration? Why do we get it? Where does it come from? How do we get it? Who gets inspiration and who doesn't? Most of all, inspiration is a mystery. Like others (eg, FD), I have my views. These views of mine are similar...

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2022 Conceptual Framework

There has been a diagram on my desktop since July 24. My initial version was published on LinkedIn (link) in response to someone else's diagram that I viewed as invalid. My August 26 version below is a major update. However, the macro scope is so big that I have trouble seeing its (true) perspective. The above diagram is - partly - the result of a lingering question...

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Why would a Big Bang event be the start of our Universe?

In 1949, astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the term Big Bang as a joke. Fred Hoyle believed in "panspermia as the origin of life on Earth". On the surface, a Big Bang could explain a situation in which nothing transfers to something. However, nothing is - by definition - the absence of energy and of matter. Recently, we are finally seeing lots of articles with...

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The 7 pillars of Wisdom

The diagram in my August 4 blog received a comment from Frans de Waal, a Dutch primatologist: "I think I have known nonhuman primates with great wisdom." My initial reply to him was: "If Wisdom is the absence of (human) beliefs then you have a point." Then it hit me: what is Wisdom? My answer qualifies as a negative definition, similar to my March 2022 blog: What is...

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Is stupidity the flip side of beliefs?

There is a Dutch saying: "A donkey does not bump into the same stone twice." I didn't see foreign equivalents. An alleged quote by Albert Einstein states: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The key difference between animals and humans is (not) having beliefs. Recently, I noticed this question: If Humans Are the...

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The media are the virus in our society

Early June 2022, I published my blog Media = virus, which was still mostly about Covid-19. For two years, the media played played a very divisive role in society. Governments adopting a macro view were criticized (eg, Sweden). Every government attempt to moderate restrictions was ridiculed. Cartoon by Garrick Tremain (eg, source) The media has learned from this but...

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