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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Reverse psychology

“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”

I noticed this unfamiliar George Orwell quote on page 48 of Robert Galbraith's (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) latest book: The Running Grave. This quote feels related to my recent blog: Philosophy – our most dangerous belief? The best example of this George Orwell quote is communism; also see my 2015 blog. Apart from (instinctive) romantic love, all ideas are rooted in...

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Male friendships declining??

"The May 2021 American Perspectives Survey [found] that Americans report having fewer close friendships than they once did, talking to their friends less often, and relying less on their friends for personal support." The number of American men with no friends increased from 3% in 1990 to 15% in 2021. This survey got lots of international attention (eg, CNN-2022, El...

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Different countries, different customs

Each time when I read criticism about faraway countries (eg, Uganda) then I think of the saying above. Have we forgotten it? Are we ignoring it? Or have we become too arrogant to consider that saying? I suppose it's the latter. Still, we condemn such countries when they judge us (eg, China, Russia). Early June 2023, China's new defence minister made an interesting...

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Netanyahu 2022 = Trump 2024 ?

Late 2022, Netanyahu became - once again - the PM of Israel, despite the legal trials against him (eg, "bribery, fraud, and breach of trust"). Trump wants to be re-elected as US president in 2024, despite the many lawsuits against him. Hence, my question: Netanyahu 2022 = Trump 2024 ? It appears that lawsuits against both are strengthening their voter base, while...

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Asking questions = answering questions

A few weeks ago, someone asked me a question. Her question bugged me. The very same question was also on my mind. I had not raised my question as it would reveal my doubt and/or fear. Moreover, it's unlikely I would have received a relevant answer. My answer to her question was evasive. My blog title is not a generic thesis. It's valid in case of a conflict between...

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