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A blog by Leon Oudejans


The anti-woke movement

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726/27) once defined his third law of motion as follows: for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction. Hence, we should not be surprised of the rise of an anti-woke movement (eg, the Conversation, the Spectator, the Telegraph). It's useful to give two versions of how people perceive the word woke: Wiki: "Woke "is...

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Outsiders Solve Problems. Just Ask Goats. (NYT)

The New York Times title: Outsiders Solve Problems. Just Ask Goats. NYT subtitle: In a study of how animals respond to the unknown, goats and camels, especially those with a lower social position, proved most capable of liberating a snack from a cup. By:  Veronique Greenwood Date: 4 April 2023 "Fair or not, goats have not earned a reputation for their...

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From permissive to intolerant societies (and back)

Being born in 1960, I was a teenager in the 1970s. If any society was permissive then it was back then. Nowadays, intolerance seems to be the driving force in (Western) societies. It's an example of Isaac Newton's third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (source). In the 1970s, Labour-Left was a dominant political force that...

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The one per cent are not as clever as they think (FT)

Financial Times title: The one per cent are not as clever as they think FT subtitle: The brainiest people and the biggest-earners are two largely separate groups says new research By: Simon Kuper Date: 16 February 2023 “I used to know an investment banker who went around saying he was writing a novel. Obviously, this was self-marketing, but he also genuinely...

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Artificial plagiarism

"Microsoft has announced a deepening of its partnership with the company behind the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT by announcing a multibillion dollar investment in the business." (Guardian) Similarly, it's also accused of (assisted) plagiarism (eg, BI-2023, PC-Guide, Medium, Guardian-2022, TC-2022). Is artificial intelligence (eg, my blogs, Wiki)...

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Is a conscious robot an oxymoron?

Hypothetically speaking, robots might become conscious once there's an interface with consciousness. However, nobody knows what consciousness is. In my view, individual human consciousness is part of universal consciousness a.k.a. panpsychism. In my view, our soul is the likely "interface". Why are people so worried about artificial intelligence and/or machines (eg,...

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