The Life of a Twenty-something

October 18, 2014 / 0 comments

Most of the people in their early twenties that I have met seem not to know what to do with their lives. They seem to be lost in the vast range of opportunities that they have to pick from. This post focuses at ‘the’ reasons why these ‘twenty-somethings’ feel this way and how they can…

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Sex ever more present in Pop Music: problematic or not?

September 14, 2014 / 1 comment

Look at the video clip of Miley Cyrus’s song Wrecking Ball. Now tell me: what do you think? Probably something along the lines of: why is she naked pretty much all time? But while Cyrus’s clip is ‘shocking’, it seems like we have hit a new peak in the prevalence of sex in pop-song music….

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Top Universities, Reputation and Employers

June 25, 2014 / 0 comments

It is a fact that some universities are more popular among employers than others. See this link for a ranking of the top 10 universities in the world — according to employers in 2013/2014. There are hardly any surprises in this top 10. As always, the University of Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard are included. The…

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Tobacco Taxation and Autonomy: How do They Add Up?

May 2, 2014 / 0 comments

According to a survey held by the British “Action on Smoking and Health” society (the “ASH”) 20% of the British adults smoke. Is this a good thing? I don’t know. I believe that the act of smoking isn’t intrinsically good or bad; it is something that each person should decide for him- or herself. However,…

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Exams In the Summer Term: The Optimal Option?

May 2, 2014 / 0 comments

Most universities in the United Kingdom apply what is called the “trimester-structure”: the division of the academic year into a Michaelmas, Lent and Summer Term. In general, although this differs per program and per university, it is the case that by far most of the examinations are due in the Summer Term. The question is:…

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A Claim in Favour of Legalizing Euthanesia

May 2, 2014 / 0 comments

It recently came to my attention that within the UK, euthanasia (the act of deliberately ending a person’s life to relieve suffering) is illegal. Being a Dutchman, and Holland being a country in which euthanasia is legal, I was surprised to read this. However, I was even more surprised to read that euthanasia is regarded…

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Celebrities and Privacy: An Unlucky Combination

May 2, 2014 / 0 comments

I was surfing on the internet and stumbled upon a picture of Jennifer Lawrence (famous actrice) having lunch with her boyfriend at a London restaurant. Obviously the photo was shot by a paparazzo. I thought to myself: ‘Why is someone allowed to take a picture of this event?’ The obvious answer is: because it is…

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Feelings of Shame: Biologically or Socially determined?

September 17, 2013 / 0 comments

We’ve all had it. That feeling of being deeply disappointed in yourself. That feeling of knowing that you’ve done something wrong, even though you might not know exactly what. I’m talking of course about the feeling of shame. But what is shame? Is it nothing but a chemical response our bodies tend to have towards…

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Mr. Nobody: A True Philosophical Journey

September 13, 2013 / 0 comments

I have just seen the movie “Mr. Nobody“, and I recommend everyone who is interested in philosophy to go see this movie. It’s by far the most philosophical and mind-boggling movie I have ever seen. The movie shows, among other things, the lack of control we have over the course of our lives. Each and…

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Public Education: an Insult to our Intelligence

May 1, 2013 / 2 comments

More than 30 years ago – in 1979 – Milton Friedman and his wise Rose Friedman published the book Free to Choose, in which they make a (compelling) claim in favor of returning authority to the free market by taking it away from the government. The arguments they come up with for defending this claim…

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The Inevitable Unfairness of the Free Market

April 29, 2013 / 0 comments

I am reading Milton Friedman’s book Free to Choose, a plea for the free market. Friedman has some very compelling claims against government intervention in economic transactions – both domestic and international ones. Price is – as he claims – the most informative entity there is in communicating society’s demands and supplies of goods and…

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Depression: Thinking Too Much and Doing Too Little

April 28, 2013 / 1 comment

Why do dogs never seem to be depressed? Why do they always seem to be happy, no matter what it is that they’re doing? Well, the answer might be very simple: because they are doing. They are always involved in one activity or the other. They always got their little heads occupied with all kinds…

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