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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Nothing vs something

I know that I know nothing vs everything

The Greek philosopher Socrates (c.470–399 BC) once wrote: "For I was conscious that I knew practically nothing...". Later, Plato changed that into: I know that I know nothing (Wiki). Probably, Artificial Intelligence aims to know (most of) everything. Is it even possible to know everything?? In my view, the expansion of the Universe is related to storing ALL...

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Does the Universe has a universal time?

Time is a human concept. It was invented by the Sumerian civilisation (c.5000 BC - c.1500 BC), or an unknown older civilisation. Time is also a mathematical concept, representing galactic orbits and distances. The Sumerian Base-60 system explains our use of 60 minutes and 60 seconds. Hence, each galaxy is likely to have its own - and mathematically matching -...

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Gratis Geld bestaat (toch) niet (HFD)

Introductie LO: In 2004 had het blad Foreign Policy een speciale uitgave m.b.t. de 10 gevaarlijkste ideeën wereldwijd. De bijdrage van econoom Alice Rivlin (1931-2019) ging over 'Gratis Geld' (o.a. Brookings-2004); zie ook mijn recente blog. Haar geweldige openingszin luidde als volgt: "Fiscal irresponsibility is politically attractive, but it is equivalent to...

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What enables also interferes

A recent Aeon-Psyche article stated that "language both enables and interferes with our grasp of reality". Indeed, our language enables our communication and/but will also result in confusion (eg, meaning, translation). Actually, everything that enables will also interfere (eg, life vs death). This phenomenon may relate to dualism (eg, knowledge = power) and/or...

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Why would an infinite universe still expand?

Suppose you are standing in the middle of the Great Sahara desert. You can only see sand; there's nothing else. People will claim this desert is infinite, while scientists claim it's expanding. Both views (ie, infinite vs expanding) do not reconcile. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Something similar is happening regarding the Universe. In my view, the...

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Nothing to lose

Some four years ago, a friend in Belgium died on the same day that I bought my house near the Belgian border. I had hoped visiting her more often. My friend had been worried about her imminent death. She feared missing her (grand)children. I suppose that most of us fear losing something. Back then, I asked her if she still prayed. She did not. I told her about the...

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