Category Archives: psychology

meta meme

My admiration for people that are able to explain something complex in a simple, but not simplifying way, funny, concise, interest arousing, and using multiple layers of meaning, each a comment on the previous one, so as to walk the walk that … Continue reading

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everest and ego

Nepal 1978, was my first ever time in real mountainscape, other then crossing an occasional pass in the Alps with my parents on our yearly summer pilgrimage to Italian beaches. Saw Everest from Gokyo peak, and very nearly got myself … Continue reading

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memes or bodies?

Some will not even get to this first sentence because they think memes are a crock of shit.  I disagree but would argue that one needs both to make something happen. An either or question is the wrong perspective. But … Continue reading

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the science business

It may very well be confirmation bias, which would be telling, a strange loop or bootstrapping kinda phenomenon rather than some real change out there, but the science business hanky panky finally seems to be getting more attention in mainstream media. It’s been a … Continue reading

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China, foreign pundits, can it be otherwise? reblogging James Palmer

When I read the below opinion piece by historian James Palmer, currently an editor of the Global Times in Bejing, it struck me as refreshingly different, a meta-journalistic reflection, nothing particularly innovative, but a welcome reminder of a truism that … Continue reading

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thinking your way out is not possible

there is a site out there, which I discovered a while back, that does something similar to what I try to do but with way bigger, grandiose ambitions: Brain Pickings. If the wikipedia article on the author of the site is … Continue reading

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on hallucinating no head

There is no solid ground when looking for reality. We guess, approximate, fabulate, hallucinate, habituate our being to what works most of the time, and get by. Whatever it is, we’re somehow sort of aligned with it, else we wouldn’t … Continue reading

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two great stories about messy politics and story telling

Today my digital grazing delivered two great short stories about the mess of politics. The first,  Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists, a short poignant opinion piece by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping at the United Nations, and currently President and CEO of … Continue reading

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delivery beats content

To me it’s a scary thought, but that only shows how caught up I am in head games, how out of touch with sensuous reality. Whatever we are and do is based on the reality – including our sense of self … Continue reading

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eye to eye

Simone van Saarloos writes columns that I always read, not always like, but often do, and off and on she manages a beauty. Her latest is one of those. Won’t reblog it in total this time, just some fragments. The core … Continue reading

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reblogging slomo

Josh Izenberg is a filmmaker based in San Francisco. “Slomo,”  which is his first documentary, has received more than a dozen awards including Best Documentary Short by the International Documentary Association and the jury award for best short documentary at … Continue reading

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an interesting use of heat maps for visualizing

An article on quartz about An Atlas Of The Human Body That Maps Where We Feel Emotions pointed me to this scientific article by Finnish researchers on using heat maps to visualize the experience of emotions.

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stats and knowledge

I’ve ranted several times already about publication and other biases that permeate the social (and some other) sciences without these disciplines taking much serious notice. Like with some of my other fancies, after a couple of such posted outbursts, I keep coming … Continue reading

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the confirmation bias at work

Way too much writing about running lately. The only real defense I have is that running can be connected to so much else. So a post about running can be a post about anything. Well, not anything, let’s be honest, a … Continue reading

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on running a narrative

I may rightfully be accused of silly conceptual urges, tinkering away at my map of the running universe,  and of pigeon-holing what running is all about (for me). Owning up to my hobby horses and questioning them is the best … Continue reading

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speculating on a nightingale’s song

Reading an older book by science pop-star Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow, one of his speculations was something I hadn’t come across before, and it struck me as fascinating. I do not know if it is his or he borrowed it … Continue reading

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framing

Just read (p. 253) this beautiful anecdote about an English treasure hunter, one E.F. Knight, and his party, who in the late 19th century spent time on a hell hole of an island, far off the coast of Brazil, called Trinidade, unsuccessfully digging … Continue reading

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the Lykov family, persistence hunting & religion

My grazing strategy for exploring the literary environment accessible to me, the topic of a future post, brought something to my table that I had read earlier, filed away as interesting, and forgotten again: a piece in the online Smithsonian … Continue reading

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does the money thing matter?

The Dutch trailrunning portal that posted my 2014 Mustang Trail Race reflection, just posted a piece that made me aware of Asics outrun the sun project: two teams racing the UTMB route (9500m +D) relay-fashion trying to beat the sunlight … Continue reading

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the winds of Mustang

Thought that nothing remained to add to the 2014 Mustang Trail Race scrapbook. Just written my wrap up post and alerted the other group members to it when Italian yogi Tite Togni asked me if my description of the experience as … Continue reading

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seekers of fortune

I really enjoy reading the concise, sharp, witty, and often eye-opening columns that my newspaper grazing gives me access to. And several Dutch columnists have mastered the art to levels that engender awe. Not every single piece that they produce, but … Continue reading

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customer service orientation is a misleading label

Customer orientation: not so easy to instil in an organization. I have some background in the hospitality industry. Can one get more prototypical as far as serving goes? The industry label itself is a one-word metaphor of what its members claim … Continue reading

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five centimeters per second

The announcement on ahram online about the Japanese Embassy in Cairo screening some animation films by Makoto Shinkai made me check out the one described as his best work to date. What do I know about Japan, but it struck me … Continue reading

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pedestrianism and the fuzzy category of running

As an arm-chair enthusiast trailrunner (ace for you), who thus spends quite some time in the world of running, I may be forgiven for the occasional spring cleaning tendency, the need to bring some conceptual order in all that I come … Continue reading

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famous dead actor and philosopher

Yes, I thought Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor, but I haven’t actually seen many of his films. He died of a drug overdose, a cocktail of uppers and downers, apparently accidentally, which indicates a great need for self … Continue reading

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