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Communication vs Language

Language = communication + decoding

The Sumerian civilization is credited with having invented language, amongst many other inventions still in use today (eg, agriculture, calendar / time). If the neighbouring Akkadian empire had not been able to decipher Sumerian cuneiform script, the Sumerian language would only have been unknown communication. "Understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics took the lucky...

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“Are we friends??”

About a week ago, I asked her this question after drinking two bottles of Vedett, a Belgian white beer containing 0,33 liter. As the Latin phrase goes: in vino veritas. She didn't appreciate my question and said it was rhetorical. Indeed it was. At an earlier occasion, I had made a similar observation. Being lovers does not make you friends. Friendship does not need...

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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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