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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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How to solve a growing economy and a declining workforce?

On 1 February 2022, the FT reported that "Japan’s population shrank by 630,000 people [in 2021], or one Luxembourg. Between now and 2040, it is forecast to have declined by a further 16mn, or one Cambodia." This news will be our new reality, following decades of doom messages on overpopulation. Labour shortages are already common, while the Covid-19 pandemic is...

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Is a dissolution of the EU and UK, like the Soviet Union, unavoidable?

Late June 2021, the Dutch PM urged the Hungarian PM to leave the EU following a spat over LGBT rights (eg, BBC, Bloomberg, Dutch News, WaPo). Recently, Hungary announced a referendum on its (anti) LGBT law (eg, Guardian, Reuters). If its citizens agree, the EU options seem limited to accept, deny or delay (eg, committee). In 2016, the UK announced a referendum on...

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About a boy

Recently, a Dutch-Flemish boy of eleven years graduated cum laude in Physics at Antwerp University. He started studying at Eindhoven University of Technology at the age of nine (Brussels Times). What does this event imply for topics like our biological clock, consciousness, epigenetics, learning vs teaching, nature vs nurture, talents, and/or the age when our brain...

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The mediocrity principle (2)

The mediocrity principle is a philosophical notion, which is rooted in mathematics and/or statistics: "if an item is drawn at random from one of several sets or categories, it's likelier to come from the most numerous category than from any one of the less numerous categories" (Wiki). Hence, human life would be about Joe Average and Sixpack Annie. However, if the...

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Doubt vs certainty

Last Sunday, I had a conversation with a new and local friend. At a certain moment, I asked her a rhetorical question: "You have little doubt inside you, don't you?" She acknowledged that and told me that her heart knew her beliefs to be certain. I was puzzled by that remark. After our conversation, I sent her several quotes on doubt by international philosophers....

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