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A blog by Leon Oudejans


The mediocrity principle (2)

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...

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Waves (3) – history and nature always repeat itself

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...

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What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around

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...

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The mediocrity principle vs black swan events

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...

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That special UK-US relationship

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...

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