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You Will Never Guess, It Even Involves Risotto

The life of the Professor revolved around a single idea: Resistance. His grandfather, who had fought against the fascists in Italy, taught him the song and he taught us.

this is a quote from Money Heist. (La Casa De Papel)

I watched the series (I am slow with catching up with series…), and this song, `Bella Ciao´ caught my attention. It kept playing in my head. I was thinking about the origin and was thinking about Spain and the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939, Nationalists (Conservatives) vs. Anarchist (Communists)). I already made up my mind that it could be a song…


In the late 60´s Calhoun performed an experiment in which four pairs of mice were kept in a nine-square-foot enclosure. The mice lived in a plague-free environment, with an abundance of comforts, a lack of predation, and an unlimited supply of consumables. This population grew to 2200, they created social order, but they also ceased to mate. Within two years, the entire society went extinct. He performed this research to test his hypothesis: overpopulation spawns a breakdown in social functions, and that, in turn, inevitably leads to extinction.

Calhoun’s theory has raised concern that the social breakdown could ultimately serve…


We are more than a year in the COVID crisis. A crisis caused by the reaction to a virus that has an infection fatality rate of 0.23%. (Ioannidis , 2021) There are so many aspects of this men-made crisis that deserve deep analysis, and a lot has already been written about this, but there is one number that is overlooked and used in the wrong way, and it is in plain sight.

Epidemiologic Numbers

To describe a disease in epidemiology, doctors use different numbers. One of those is the already mentioned IFR, or infection fatality rate; this is the number of people…


Source: Kendycrop

This quote caught my attention, and I would like to share my thoughts about this with you. If we look at the 20th century, it is easy to see the similarities and how this echoes in our generations.

Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.

G. Michael Hopf

Hard Times and Strong Men

The greatest generation (1901–1924) was born and lived through World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. Truly a generation that had to go through bad times, and for younger people hard to imagine what these…


People with a low ability at a task will overestimate their ability; this is called the Dunning-Kruger effect. (Kruger & Dunning, 1999) For example, ask at a birthday party, people if they can drive better than the average person, and you will find that most people will say yes, which is impossible because most people will drive like average people. Dunning and Kruger found that people who perform in the lowest quarter percentile on humor, grammar, and logic tests grossly overestimate their performance and ability. The test scores were in the 12th percentile (which means that 88% of the people…


Cognitive dissonance occurs when people hold contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values and are typically experienced as psychological stress when people participate in an action against one or more of them. According to this theory, when two actions or ideas are not psychologically consistent with each other, people will do all in their power to change them until they become consistent. Two examples to make it more clear:

Cognitive dissonance in smokers; although smokers know that smoking is bad for their health, some of them will not stop smoking. They use functional beliefs; `Smoking calms me down when I am stressed…


Part II: Free Will Is NOT an Illusion

Modern science, is a mixture of deterministic and stochastic theories. Quantum mechanics predicts events only in terms of probabilities, casting doubt on whether the universe is deterministic at all. The opposite of determinism is some kind of indeterminism (otherwise called non-determinism) or randomness. In general, we experience our lives as having free will. The future is not yet determined, and we can influence our career, our lives, our future. If we did not acknowledge free will, the whole self-help business would go broke, and the concept of democracy would also be meaningless……


Part I: Free Will is an Illusion

Most actions commanded by our brain are not deliberated at all, but we have the impression that some of our actions are made by free will. Considering that a neuron in our brain just acts on a stimulus, it is hard to prove that we have free will. Our brain is just reacting to stimuli, and therefore we do the actions we do. …


What is a virologist? A virologist is a professional who studies the growth, development, structure, and characteristics of different viruses. He isolates and makes cultures of significant viruses in a standard inhibitory medium. He will identify different viruses via microscopic examination of the morphological, physical, and cultural traits. He also observes the action of a particular virus upon living tissues of plants and animals. A virologist also makes chemical analyses of various substances, like acids, enzymes, and alcohol released by viruses on organic matter.

An outsider may wonder how deep a specialist must dig his hole before he realizes that…

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