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Topics will alternate between First-World-Problem Problems (FWPP), Quirky Ideas (QI) and The Life Hypothesis (TLH). I post more regularly on the online newspaper blog of my old university, which can be found here. I hope you can get some joy or at least an incentive to think deeper about life, from this blog.

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TLH 15 : The mind set

What amazes me the most about humans around the world after the last 32 years is not the diversity in culture or the dedication to career-ladders/holidays dichotomy, but instead the miscommunications between man and woman. If Einstein was right about human stupidity being infinite, then man-woman communication is certainly responsible for a half of it. Set…

FWPP 16 : Enough Dra(ch)ma In Our Life

‘Greece’ – not a movie John Travolta was great in. More of a real life soap at the moment. The story of a liberal young girl and boy, standing up to their corrupt parents for screwing up the household and getting a second mortgage while still having to sort and pay their rent and taxes. Stand Together…

QI 17 : The Troll Placebo

It is often so surprising how much news goes around pretending to be news or simply a lampoon or satire which utilises a platform of delusion: Media. Or the holy belief in scientists, and the uncanny ability most non-scientists share in overestimating the applications of a new technology or proof of concepts. By interacting with it, we…

QI 16 : The Scientific Art of War

Aside from peacekeeping, our more developed society tries to find out other informed, evidenced-based and proven ways of moving forward. Hoping others will follow in the wake. The scary thing is, anything can be used for both good and evil purposes. In extremes, a spoon can feed someone at the brink of dying or bring…

TLH 14 : Booted

In the last TLH post, the idea of living in a more sustainable way was addressed in order to make room for this post, since one aspect in your everyday life most likely involves walking (no offence to the walking-disabled) or moving in general, which means you need to buy shoes, a bike, a car,…

FWPP 15 : Slackvolution

The world connected to the internet is fast. So fast even, that those caught up in it experience a non-stop stimuli from a spectrum of society that would be impossible before the age of public flights and the world wide web. Not just showing less green grass, but also very green grass on the other side. A…

QI 15 : The Art of Peace

A long time ago in the same country I live now, the general of the german army during the first world war, Erich Ludendorff, said: “Peace is merely an interval between two wars.” One could call that assumption (or perspective) pessimistic, prudent or blatant war mongering, however he might not be totally wrong (or right) either way. Seen…

FWPP 14 : Plain Crashes

The days, weeks or years of mourning might still be ongoing for the families of the people aboard the Germanwings flight 9525, but I’m relieved and also shocked at how little fear-mongering has been done in the news lately. Is this just a plain crash or a series of plane crashes to come? Inside-out There have already…

QI 14 : Wave The Scientific Flag

There is a field in science which looks at the effects of misinterpreting or misunderstanding science or scientific media publications. More importantly, it looks at the fact that it can induce a cultural ignorance or doubt (and possibly fear) towards science, depending on the aftermath of the encounter with a specific piece of suggestive publication. It…

TLH 13 : The Panda Mentality

It is often thought that Pandas are “stupid” animals. Mammals that cannot sustain their posture, weight, lifestyle by just eating low-calorie food like bamboo at a rate of 10 % of their bodyweight per day. But maybe they are simply compensating for being the most mindful animals when it comes to co-existence with other mammals….

TLH 12 : In a Heartbeat

Before You Know It Life goes fast, incredibly fast. The downside is that you can only see that once you’ve lived a bit. Then you have something to look back on, instead of only things to look forward to. As you get older, you have less to look forward to and more to look back…

TLH 11 : The Unnoticed Notes

Have you ever had those moments when you’re lost in the music on your headphones? Or the songs in your head? And maybe starting to dance or play backing some of the lyrics? A feeling many of our generation might have gone through subconsciously at one time or another due to the over abundance of mobile devices. Friedrich…