The mediocrity principle is a philosophical notion, which is rooted in mathematics and/or statistics: "if an item is drawn at random from one of several sets or categories, it's likelier to come from the most numerous category than from any one of the less numerous categories" (Wiki). Hence, human life would be about Joe Average and Sixpack Annie. However, if the...
23 Feb, 2018
The wave pattern can be found anywhere: economical cycles, gravitational waves, human migration out of Africa, mass extinctions, ocean waves, and so on. This wave pattern is also hidden in expressions that history repeats itself - or nature. "The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats...
9 Nov, 2017
The idea for today's blog came while watching an episode of Suits (8.6 in IMDb) on Netflix. This TV series is about a law firm, its partners, its clients, its competitors and - most of all - about Knowledge and Power. Suits shows that Knowledge equals Power. The series also shows that both Knowledge and Power can be used for good and - more often - bad purposes. Bad...
8 Nov, 2017
A simple look at Life and Nature reveals a lot of similarities: 2 arms (wings), 2 legs, 2 eyes, 1 mouth, 1 nose, 1 head, 1 brain and so on. Humans may thus appear average rather than extraordinary compared to (other) animals. Hence, some people claim that the "mediocrity principle" applies to humans (eg, Futurism). Wiki: "The mediocrity principle is the...
18 Jul, 2017
The Special Relationship is a term introduced by Winston Churchill in a 1946 speech for describing “the political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military and historical relations" between the UK and the US. It’s remarkable that this special relationship works both up and down. Both countries are in political chaos and losing Power in the international...
- Obstacles inspire to bigger thinking
- Are we wasting a good crisis?
- Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct (Scientific American)
- Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years (Quanta)
- Life Is Complicated—Literally, Astrobiologists Say (Scientific American)
- Let’s work together
- Love has no doubt
- The opposite of love is indifference, not hate
- Faith is Love, Religion is Power, Knowledge explains the difference
- Inflation Is Good for You (the Intercept)
- There is no easy escape from the global debt trap (FT)
- Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns (Reuters)
- From “are you being served?” to “will you be served?”
- The law of supply and demand in hospitals
- The law of supply and demand
- Who is to blame for hospital demand exceeding supply?
- The EU Bankrolled a Rebellion That Threatens to Tear It Apart (Bloomberg)
- ‘We doen te lacherig over snurken. Het is een onderschat relatieprobleem’ (de Standaard)
- We moeten ons afvragen: wat betekent ‘2G’ voor de democratie? (NRC)
- Go with the flow