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Who is to blame for hospital demand exceeding supply?

Recently, a friend posted a diagram indicating that the group of hospitalized people now includes unvaccinated and (fully) vaccinated people. This applies to several countries. This is weird as vaccines should prevent hospitalization. I got curious as to the How, What, Who & Why. A recent WebMD article claims the (American) breakthrough cases are in need for a...

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Democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal

All over the world, you can see a similar trend: democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal. Intolerance (eg, for people thinking differently) is increasing. My blog is not about the (lack of) legality of that trend (eg, Austria, USA). My blog is about the Why of this trend. Last Sunday, Dutch ethics professor Fleur Jongepier was warning the Dutch...

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Why our egocentrism is the source of our stupidity

In 2021, I've written a lot about human stupidity (my blogs). I've been hesitant to address the How-What-When-Where-Who-Why questions. A 2021 Psyche article was very helpful: Why some of the smartest people can be so very stupid (eg, my blog). Apparently, stupidity is a blind spot in our thinking. Recently, I noticed two more related articles that have been causing...

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How can something be so right AND so wrong?

We typically believe in simple perspectives: it's either day or night rather than acknowledging dawn or twilight. Things are either black or white rather than the many shades of grey in between. People are either right or wrong rather than considering subjective truths. Many - if not most - things are dualistic in our lives (eg, us/them, yes/no). If so, how can...

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Vaccine mandates vs labour shortages

CNN, 31 October: "American Airlines canceled another 634 flights on Sunday, more than 12% of its total operations for the day, the company said Sunday. The airline has now canceled more than 1,500 flights since Friday, as it deals with weather issues and staffing shortages that started last week." Some media claim that vaccine mandates are causing those staffing...

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Why does history repeat?

Last week, the following thought entered my mind: Are all crises caused by human stupidity? If so, does that explain why history repeats? I'm inclined to say "yes" to both questions. In general, geological processes take (very) many thousands of years (eg, glacial periods, interglacial periods, magnetic pole reversal, ocean current reversal, Earth's wobble). There's...

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