Monthly Archives: October 2013

am I loosing my marbles?

Just re-read Douglas Hofstadter‘s I am a strange Loop and was blown away, like the first time round, as much by his wordplay and imagery as by the conceptual content (which are inseparable – but I won’t go into that).  I … Continue reading

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are we afraid of space and time?

The epilogue of I am a strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter has this beautiful description of the human condition: Posed midway between the unvisualizable cosmic vastness of curved spacetime and the dubious, shadowy flickerings of charged quanta, we human beings, more … Continue reading

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Egypt back at square one

This reposted blog of a piece by Ursula Lindsey in the NY Times pretty much expresses my feelings of where Egypt stands. Why paraphrase, her words do better justice to this opinion than mine could ever do.

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shutdown

As a non-American I’m amazed, to use an understatement, by the radical mismatch between US developments and my own, Low countries’ honed intuitions about politics. Not that those are in any way trustworthy predictors of what happens in The Netherlands, … Continue reading

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