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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Hallmark Christmas films

I've been watching Hallmark Christmas films again on Amazon Prime Video. Yes, these films are entirely predictable. Yes, some actors are out of their depth. Nevertheless, I love watching those scenic locations (eg, countryside, snowy mountains), and their cosy, farm, and/or majestic houses. Hallmark films usually show rural America which is indeed quite different...

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How to deal with an information overload

Today, every supplier wants our immediate attention for selling their products and/or services. The use of email offerings appears to be outdated (eg, NYT-2021, Validity-2022). Many if not all suppliers offer apps, including (annoying) pop-up messages. It's easy to lose focus and on what (really) matters in life. Example: I just received an email (sic!) from...

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When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?

The statement above is usually (mis)attributed to economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946). Many - if not most - facts are time-boxed. A famous example is the 1609 controversy on heliocentrism: does the Earth rotate around the Sun (eg, Galileo Galilei) or vice versa (ie, the Roman Catholic Church)? Not changing your mind when the facts change, reveals the existence...

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How to restore togetherness in a society?

In a recent facebook remark, I wondered how we can restore togetherness in a society; or in Dutch: hoe krijg je saamhorigheid terug in een "samen"leving? Our Western societies are often characterized by glorifying freedom (eg, sexual expression, speech) and by individualism. I received several replies. A friend of a friend is convinced that global grass roots...

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Why must I have an opinion about anything?

I prefer to skip reading opinions whenever possible. Most opinions are biased or skewed and (thus) increase polarisation in societies. Opinions also tend to follow the click-bait-fight news cycle. Hence, I am careful to avoid writing opinions in my blog. Recently, I had this thought: why must I have an opinion? There are several quotes (rightly or wrongly)...

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Will high inflation reverse the rise of single-person households?

"Single-person households in the U.S. have steadily increased since 1960. Between 1960 and 2015, the number of single-person households soared to 34.9 million from 6.9 million, and their share of total households more than doubled from 13.1 to 28.0 percent" (JSTOR-2019). Early 2022, The Netherlands, my country, had 8.1 million private households of which 3.2...

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