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Demographic extinction versus nationalism

Intro LO: This recent Times article highlights a demographic topic in (very) many countries: declining birth rates that are announcing a declining population (eg, China-FT-2021). South Korea claims it “faces extinction”. That claim makes sense given the numbers in the 3rd paragraph of the article below. The 5th paragraph explains why this demographic issue is (much)...

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Etnisch profileren vs risico management 

Amnesty International komt bijna dagelijks met een radio commercial waarin wordt beweerd dat etnisch profileren altijd fout is. Aangezien iedereen deel is van een etnische groep, stelt Amnesty eigenlijk dat profileren altijd fout is. Elke organisatie (incl. Amnesty) doet echter aan profileren. "Het doel van cliëntonderzoek is dat de instelling weet met wie zij zaken...

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Alter ego

Recently, this topic entered my mind. For days, I was clueless. I was - and still am - not even sure that I believe in this philosophical concept. Moreover, I doubt that most people have an alter ego. My personality has facets but has only one ego. Perhaps, the confusion is related to its (original) meaning. Wikipedia on alter ego: “Cicero coined the term as...

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“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”

I noticed this unfamiliar George Orwell quote on page 48 of Robert Galbraith's (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) latest book: The Running Grave. This quote feels related to my recent blog: Philosophy – our most dangerous belief? The best example of this George Orwell quote is communism; also see my 2015 blog. Apart from (instinctive) romantic love, all ideas are rooted in...

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Philosophy – our most dangerous belief?

According to the Bible, money is the root of all evil (eg, 1 Timothy 6:10). Others would blame religion due to global religious violence (eg, Christian Crusades, Hindu nationalism violence, Reconquista, Shia vs Sunni). Still, politics is another belief responsible for many wars (eg, Russia vs Ukraine). In my view, 5 out of our 7 Belief systems (ie, money, politics,...

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Diversiteit versus evenredige vertegenwoordiging

"De zeven miljoen witte heterojongens en -mannen in Nederland horen over diversiteit dat zij maar twee dingen kunnen doen: hun mond houden en ruimte maken." Dit is de openingszin van een FD opinie van Joris Luyendijk. Mijn eerste gedachte: en de 7 miljoen witte vrouwen en meisjes dan?? Diversiteit staat haaks op evenredige vertegenwoordiging. Eigenlijk is...

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