Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


Faith is Love, Religion is Power, Knowledge explains the difference

My title is my paraphrase of the 1932-33 Serenity Prayer (my 2019 blog): "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." "Faith is love" is my reference to one of the ancient Greek words for love: divine love or agape. It even touches upon the essence of the word Yahweh,...

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Why does history repeat?

Last week, the following thought entered my mind: Are all crises caused by human stupidity? If so, does that explain why history repeats? I'm inclined to say "yes" to both questions. In general, geological processes take (very) many thousands of years (eg, glacial periods, interglacial periods, magnetic pole reversal, ocean current reversal, Earth's wobble). There's...

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New evidence supports idea that America’s first civilization was made up of ‘sophisticated’ engineers (Phys)

Phys title: New evidence supports idea that America's first civilization was made up of 'sophisticated' engineersBy: Sara Savat, Washington University in St. LouisDate: 2 September 2021 "The Native Americans who occupied the area known as Poverty Point in northern Louisiana more than 3,000 years ago long have been believed to be simple hunters and gatherers....

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Why is history not important to us?

Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), the Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin, once stated: "If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past." Our absence to do that, may explain a lot. I think, feel and believe (sic!) that history is not important to us because we do not believe in history. In general, we view that history is in...

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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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Why are we who we are?

A few days ago, I suddenly felt a question popping up in my mind: Why are we who we are? It might be the strangest question that I've dealt with. I've googled my question and noticed a 2006 book by Canadian psycholinguist Frank Smith (1928-2020): Ourselves: Why We Are Who We Are. Apparently, my question is less weird than I thought it was. Last Monday, I...

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