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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


Why do we expect reciprocal friendships?

The notion of (full) reciprocity in friendships will create false expectations because it's an illusion. Some friendships may indeed come quite close to reciprocity. In most friendships, someone is leading (eg, pull & push) the friendship. The other friends are more responsive. Hence, my blog title's question. Many articles claim reciprocity is a cornerstone of...

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Irrational belief systems

Last week, I watched a few episodes of New Tricks, rated #7.9 in IMDb. In Se 06 Ep 2, the words irrational belief systems are suddenly mentioned. As far as I can remember, I have never plotted my concept of the 7 Belief systems along the axes of rational versus logical. This is my initial diagram. For 4 of the 7 Belief systems, there is no (eg, scientific) evidence...

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Relevance vs irrelevance

Things that are relevant today may be irrelevant "tomorrow". The longer our perspective, the more things become irrelevant. Still, Time is only a marker - not a driver - of Change (eg, history, When). If most things are ultimately irrelevant then What is - or should be - relevant to us? And Why do relevance and irrelevance matter so much to us? I suppose that the...

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Non-acceptance = Chaos ?

In Monday's blog, I wondered why humans – unlike the Universe – have this option of (non-) acceptance. Subsequently, I realised my question has an implicit presumption: acceptance is the default value in the Universe. Is it really? Is the absence of evidence of the opposite enough? Our (human) non-acceptance of events results in chaos, either in...

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Many weeks ago, I noticed an article about raising children that upset me. I deleted it. Recently, I had a conversation with a future mother. Fortunately, ignorance is bliss because future parents might reconsider once they know all. As the saying goes: little children little problems, big children big problems. I tried finding the article again. Instead, I noticed...

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Is ‘false knowledge’ an oxymoron?

Recently, a friend sent me a quote by George Bernard Shaw (see image below). That quote puzzled me. Something felt wrong. Then I realized it's an oxymoron: "a figure of speech that juxtaposes concepts with opposing meanings within a word or phrase that creates an ostensible self-contradiction." source Snopes and Quote Investigator both confirm that George Bernard...

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