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The simplicity bias (6): Time

Last Friday, I suddenly realised that Time might be the foremost cause of our simplicity bias. Most people live in the here & now. They are unaware and uninterested about history, despite the saying that history (always) repeats itself. In my thinking, I'm always looking at the past, while...

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Why are people so stupid?

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) once stated: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” I do not consider myself as very intelligent. I know that I do not know very many things. Sometimes, I even do stupid things. I do consider myself as curious - unlike many others. I'm always interested in the Why...

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Does alien life exist?

The question in my blog's title might lead to a binary answer: no or yes. The question becomes more difficult once you ask for the definitions of alien and/or life. The Wuhan coronavirus, like all viruses, does not meet our biological criteria for life (my 2015 blog). Astrobiologists Hoyle and Wickramasinghe claim that certain pandemics may be caused...

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The decline in Common Knowledge (6)

The decline in Common Knowledge (6)

Since several years, articles are claiming that the human intelligence quotient (IQ) is decreasing, after decades of increases in the previous century (eg, CNN, FD, NZZ, TIME). These increases were known as the Flynn effect and the reverse is called the anti-Flynn effect. Some articles have tried to verify that anti-Flynn effect (eg, NRC-2014,...

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Après nous, le déluge (2)

Last Thursday, a Dutch study amongst 2,572 people revealed that "thinking sustainable does not equal acting sustainable" (eg, I&O, VK). Dutch newspaper Telegraaf was quite blunt: "The most-outspoken people on climate improvement and how someone should live, don't live up to their own principles." Note LO: my translation is rather mild. The above is yet another...

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Climate change as an ecosystem

Climate change as an ecosystem

In my blog of 13 January 2019 on the Sahara swinging every some 20,000 years between a lush and a desert, I made two comments that are probably interlinked: Climate change is the default in life and nature, and not the exception. Climate change may well be an ecosystem in and of itself. My 2nd comment is my belief, my opinion rather than a (scientific) fact. It also...

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