New Year Revisited – Why January 1st?

The story behind the tradition to celebrate New Year's eve on December 31st and New Year on January 1st

Thank You: Quotes From 2021’s Top 5 Posts

With 2021 drawing to an end, I have looked back at what you have found most engaging on humanfactor.blog - the top 5 most-read posts this year. Before I unveil the winners, I would like to sincerely thank you all for your time and interest in my work. It is the most precious gift any …

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Don’t Discard Your Ideas

One of the practical things I have learned during my philosophy studies is that it is wise not to judge your ideas immediately when they come to you. There is a real risk of creating a habit of suppressing your creative thought. Our minds are adaptive and learn to respond to the environment. So, if …

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Small Things (Still) Matter

"Never underestimate the big importance of the small things." This is a post I published exactly one year ago. Funny enough, I am now reading another book by the same author whose quote you see here. Last week, I shared yet another one of his quotes. Must be something about this time around the end …

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Quote for the Day

It is all right for the mayflies. It is all right if you know you only have another thirty or fourty years. You can afford to think small. You can find it easy to imagine that you are a fixed thing, inside a fixed nation, with a fixed flag, and a fixed outlook. You can …

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Musings on the Ends Justifying the Means

Photo by Bradyn Trollip on Unsplash The controversial idea that the end justifies the means is well known. Many would claim they do not agree, some might say that it's the only way how to get anything done, others prefer the middle way. Yet, it is during times of crisis that our purported convictions are …

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Story of the Tea Bag and Us

The tea bag has a curious story. The typical tea bag of today is an invention of the 20th century. It became popular towards the second half of the last century. Before that, all tea that was consumed in the world was loose-leaf. How very different the tea-drinking experience used to be. It required more …

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Is Transhumanism Very Human?

"Transhumanism, social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies. Such technologies would augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans. Such modifications resulting from the addition of biological or physical technologies would be …

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What Does Originality Mean

What does it mean to say that something is new, original? For example, does this question constitute something new or original? I am sure it has been raised many times throughout human history. We place value on originality, but what is it, exactly, that we consider valuable? Image by Daniel Nebreda from Pixabay For example, …

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