Scientific progress

by Robert ten Hoor 21. January 2019 21:55
If you are interested in reality and scientific methodology, the story of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is interesting. He discovered bacteria and sperm cells, amongst many other things. He did this using self made microscopes with superior lenses. But he never told anybody how he made the lenses. Recently, this was discovered... [More]

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Life!

by Robert ten Hoor 13. February 2018 13:26
In a closed system, entropy will maximise. A gas will spread over a larger space, a stone will evaporate etc. Living organisms, however, tend to grow: they will get more organised. [More]

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Money demand and interest rates

by Robert ten Hoor 31. October 2017 15:30
Interest rates are the price at which money can be borrowed. The amount of money on offer, the money supply, is important for the setting of this price. However, as in any market, demand is a crucial factor as well. What is money demand? ..and how does demand for money influence interest rates? [More]

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Debt jubilee through taxing inheritance

by Robert ten Hoor 31. December 2016 17:30
If wealth concentrates (and history has shown that it does) the pressure builds up over time. This can (and has) lead to many problems. What could be a remedy? Lets look at history and see if any working solutions have ever been tried. What might work and what would be fair... [More]

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Creative process

by Robert ten Hoor 28. April 2016 12:23
Dr. House (from the Fox TV-series) has an amazingly good team process for doing scientific research! Let's explore this process here... [More]

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Some musings on quantum theory then

by Robert ten Hoor 6. May 2015 21:43
One strange idea in quantum theory is that the behavior of particles can be dependent on whether they have been observed or not. Another one is that quantum theory allows communication faster than the speed of light, where Einstein assumed this would not be possible. [More]

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I forget... I forget...

by Robert ten Hoor 4. January 2015 13:32
We seem to remember very little. Are we thus forced to always live in the present? [More]

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Am I a simulation?

by Robert ten Hoor 23. October 2014 11:39
How do I know this is not dream? When I am dreaming, who is controlling the other people I may meet in my dream? Me?
We may be living in a simulation. In fact, it seems likely... [More]

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Money creation

by Robert ten Hoor 4. July 2014 12:11
Contrary to intuition, money creation does not always lead to inflation. History has shown many periods where money was supplied in abundance, but little inflation occurred. Even on the gold-standard and with loads of new gold coming into Europe from the newly discovered America's, little inflation occurred. People used the new gold to make statues in churches, jewellery etc. Demand for money seems to play an important role too... [More]

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A question of method

by Robert ten Hoor 27. May 2014 11:43
A lot of people suffer from misconceptions. They have incorrect believes, they suffer the consequences of mistakes, waste time following paths in live that are unnecessary or follow other people who are not telling the truth. How do you know for yourself what you believe is true or not? [More]

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Inequality and democracy

by Robert ten Hoor 1. September 2013 12:58
Wealth concentration, aristocracy, inequality, democracy. Some historic perspective as to the switch from aristocracy to democracy that really happened with the population of America. As described by Alex de Tocqueville, just after the French revolution... [More]

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Wealth concentrates

by Robert ten Hoor 27. August 2013 10:47
Unless checked, wealth will concentrate in the hands of a few. History has repeatedly shown this effect. It can lead to corrupting effects and definitely impacts democracy. Democracy can also check this concentration though... [More]

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Men, women or the Malthusian catastrophe in slow motion

by Robert ten Hoor 28. July 2013 14:41
Resource shortages and peak oil! Will there be a catastrophe? Will the western empire collapse like the roman empire did?
Maybe, but it will not go very fast... [More]

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