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The Great Filter in civilizations: a conclusion

For a long time, I’ve wondered about the Great Filter in civilizations. Why do initial successful civilizations eventually fail? It also relates to the Fermi paradox: if there is any extraterrestrial civilization, why haven't they contacted us by now? All civilizations seem doomed to fail after their initial success; often for unknown reasons (eg, Cahokia, USA)....

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We need Knowledge, we want Power, and we believe in Love

In my blog of last Thursday, I suddenly noticed an overlap between two of my concepts: (i) Love, Knowledge & Power (my blogs), and (ii) Needs, Wants & Beliefs (my blogs). Combined, both concepts result in the following: (1) we need Knowledge, (2) we want Power, and (3) we believe in Love. This is trialism at its best. The other side of this coin is that both...

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Awakening vs Beliefs – why people are so stupid

Last week's blogs gave several reasons for human stupidity: (lack of) curiosity, complacency, monism / Power, arrogance & ignorance, and (lack of) morality. I considered writing a blog on narrow mindedness as yet another reason for human stupidity. Then a thought struck me: what do all of these reasons have in common? The answer is Beliefs (my blogs). There...

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Awakening – a conceptual framework (2)

Awakening – a conceptual framework (2)

On 22 May 2017, I published my blog Needs, Wants, Beliefs & Awakening. Back then I thought that an Awakening was another layer on top of my concept of Needs, Wants & Beliefs. I've been less sure ever since as something did not feel right. In my blog of 2 January 2019, I showed a "Great Filter" between Needs, Wants & Beliefs and Awakening....

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The blurring of facts and opinions

Monday evening, I noticed an opinion by a Dutch doctor: "The reporting on the coronavirus is more damaging than the virus itself". From a health perspective, I couldn't agree more. Also see my recent blog: Virus epidemics. The mass hysteria on the coronavirus is being fed by nearly all media. What explains this blurring of fact and opinion? The simplest of all...

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Love-Knowledge-Power (2): arrogance vs ignorance

Love-Knowledge-Power (2): arrogance vs ignorance

I have just added a new blog label: Arrogance vs ignorance. There is something peculiar about these two opposites. For several days, I felt writing a blog called "What's worse: arrogance or ignorance". I failed finding my words. A recent TED podcast with writer Elizabeth Gilbert changed that when she mentioned the words "our very arrogant culture"...

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