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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Balance & Symmetry

The matrix of macro vs micro + negative vs positive

Recently, I got curious about plotting synergy while using a matrix with the "axes" of macro vs micro and negativity vs positivity. My initial diagram showed that both perspectives gave very generic results. Then it occurred to me that both perspectives zoom in/out (ie, focus) on generic dimensions. Please find my updated diagram below. My initial topic (ie,...

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A few make a difference

Last Monday night, I was thinking how disappointing humans are as a species (eg, proxy World War III), while having my talk to God. A curious thought then entered my mind: "a few make a difference". After careful consideration, it could refer to anything (eg, animals, clouds, flowers, humans, insects, mountains, trees). A Google search revealed many quotes about...

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Why are human beliefs stronger than our conscience?

There's a 5 billion year competition going on between (unicellular) bacteria and (non-cellular) viruses (Aeon-2014). The cells in multicellular organisms must cooperate - by definition. However, cooperation creates a dependence on others. Independence - or freedom from others - has its advantages and disadvantages. Quanta-2021: "And even today, there are far more...

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The 3 roads to Wisdom (2)

While looking for the Confucius quote for Wednesday's blog on a simple vs complicated life, I suddenly noticed this one at the top: "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” In 2019, I wrote part one of this blog, The 3 roads to Wisdom,...

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I’m drowning in my nostalgia

Last Saturday, these words came to me as inspiration: I'm drifting on my melancholia. I suppose my mind made up a paraphrase of a song line from David Sylvian's 1984 album Brilliant Trees: "I'm drowning in my nostalgia". I love that song. My inspiration was (most likely) related to another song: Tu me manques (I miss you) by the French/German singer-songwriter...

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The Droste effect

Quite some (scientific) articles compare the human brain to the Universe; in particular a 2020 ScienceAlert: Study Maps The Odd Structural Similarities Between The Human Brain And The Universe. Other comparisons may include: birth, growth, maturity, decline (a.k.a. entropy). Might the Universe - and everything else - mirror something called the Droste effect? Wiki:...

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