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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Communication vs Language

Identity vs Power: dialects

The Hague is the Dutch seat of power while Amsterdam is its capitol. The further you move away from The Hague, the more dialect you will hear. First quantity, then intensity. I suppose geographical distance from Power increases the need for Identity. Dialects must be the earliest example of Identity vs Power. Last Thursday evening, I did not understand a local...

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Is it time for a Nexit?

According to the Dutch Financial Times, the European Commission wants to interfere with Dutch tax laws. Financieele Dagblad, 1 November: The Netherlands must sacrifice its tax allowances for independent contractors and its mortgage interest deduction in order to obtain EU billions. There is some irony in this because our PM has been highly critical towards Hungary...

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Dating and Mehrabian’s Communication Theory

In my dating efforts, it's my policy to keep written communication to a minimum, and to move towards verbal communication asap (ie, phone). When verbal communication (eg, voice) is pleasant, a meeting is the next step. A meeting will show if there is actual chemistry. Recently, a Possibly Maybe sent me a slide with the 7-38-55 rule. It took me a while finding its...

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The simplicity bias (3): standardisation

Tuesday, I was wondering about some other striking examples of the simplicity bias, besides my 2020 blog on routines in our lives. It took me a while to realise that routines are part of the most important example of the simplicity bias: standardisation (eg, internet, language, laws, mass production). Standardisation...

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Universal features of music around the world (ScienceDaily)

ScienceDaily title: Universal features of music around the world Author: University of Vienna Date of publication: 22 November 2019 Summary: New research supports the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite many differences. "Is music really a "universal language"? Two articles in the most recent issue of Science support the...

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