My apartment has relatively high ceilings because it's an old building. The sunlight comes sideways through my windows. If I don't leave my apartment, the world might appear like a big pancake (ie, flat). It's an optical illusion. Several centuries ago, sailors assumed Earth was flat as they didn't experience curves. The latest scientific assumption is that the...
13 Jun, 2022
The words Faith and Fate feel quite similar, semantically. I doubt that's a coincidence. In Dutch, the word Fate is ”het Lot” (eg, lottery ticket). It's fair to state that Fate refers to a slim chance on a considerable outcome, both negative (eg, accident) and positive (eg, lucky number). Hence, the Dutch word "het Lot". Faith refers to believing (eg, in a deity,...
25 May, 2022
Some time ago, a friend made this Dutch comment: “En spijtig genoeg lukt het niet met iedereen om vrienden te blijven.” My title above is the English translation. She and I are still friends, although no longer lovers. Our friendship has always been stronger than our relationship. She is like the sister I never had. Generally, I tend to disagree with my friend’s...
24 May, 2022
There's a new US debate whether Republicans are accountable or responsible for the Great Replacement "theory" (see my recent blog). Democrats and/or liberals were eager to blame the Republican party. The conservatives and/or Republicans were eager to deny that criticism. This pattern seems universal. Why do liberals typically blame others (and each other)? Why do...
18 May, 2022
My Thursday night was restless due to the upcoming full moon of 16 May. My mind kept wondering about zero-sum outcomes within the Love, Knowledge & Power domains of the 7 Belief systems. The Power domain always has a zero-sum outcome: one man's loss is another man's gain. How about the other two? The Love domain has various outcomes. For some, there is synergy...
12 May, 2022
The European Commission and others are complaining about Apple's market dominance (eg, WSJ). They must be joking. Google (eg, Android) has a c.70% market share for smartphone software, while Apple has only c.25%. Samsung is the dominant hardware supplier using Android software (eg. Statista). People buy Apple products despite its higher prices. Apple's closed...
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- Art vs Science
- Truth or dare?
- Collective vs individual behaviour
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