Some thoughts...



WANTED: the kid that lived in my head

Feb. 20, 2018

** I wrote this some years ago when I was quite burned out by work. I didn't share it publicly because my fear of getting negative reactions. Ironically enough that is actually the main reason I got burned out in the first place. **As a kid, I was awkward, not very popular and incredibly annoying. Right now I am quite able to avoid social awkwardness, have many friends and take other's opinions very much into account.So it would seem I'd have upgra...

Float with the tide, or swim for a goal?

Dec. 12, 2017

I was having a conversation with a friend last weekend (whom I met through Couchsurfing, really cool how this enables you to meet all kinds of people). We were talking about meditation and how our sense of self can give us constant stress. But then the question arose: "should we go live in a monastery then and be like a plant for the rest of our lives?".As Hunter Thompson so eloquently put it once in a letter to a friend asking for life advice (lin...

How to not turn into a zombie!

Nov. 19, 2017

Next time you are on a train, in a pub, just a very social place, take a look around you.. Do you see any addicts around you? Maybe you may see some drunk people, maybe even a drug addict! They should be ashamed of themselves right!How about people on their phones? Are they addicted? Of course not, you might think, I can’t get high by browsing through Facebook, chemical substances can never reach me via a virtual channel!How many times have you tak...

On meditation and Buddhism

Nov. 10, 2017

For the past few months, I have grown a keen interest into Buddhistic meditation.I'd like to share my experience in the hope that it might benefit you as well (and to be honest I just want to recap it for myself).To be clear, I don't believe in the religious hocus-pocus related to it, but it offered me (eventually) some super easy wisdom that I rarely payed any attention to before.And that's the thing, meditation is easy, too easy. After some month...

On goals and silliness

Aug. 23, 2017

"Start saving some money for a house!""You should get that promotion in 3 years!"We have been primed since our childhoods to think in terms of predefined goals. Life is a series of goals, and once you achieve one, you have another that's waiting inpatiently in line. And not achieving them by the time the deadline knocks on your shoulder, we see as a henious shame for which universal pitty seems to be the only cure.Our brains are so automised...

With big data comes big responsibility! (Dutch)

June 12, 2017

** As appeared in Belgian magazine Datanews (Roularta) **Iedereen van ons maakt honderden beslissingen per dag. Niet alleen in het echte leven, maar ook in onze virtuele interacties. En net zoals we in real-life beïnvloed worden door externe factoren in onze beslissingen, is dit op digitaal vlak evenzeer zo. De vraag die we ons moeten stellen, is of dit op een manier gebeurt die ons ten goede komt? We moeten dagelijks zoveel beslissingen nemen d...

Are you thinking or is your brain?

Jan. 8, 2015

Our decisions can be made using 2 processes, System 1 and System 2. This is called “dual-process" theory and was first layed out by Nobel-prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The fact that he won his Nobel prize in economics – not psychology - just shows how much impact this theory can have, if put to good use. System 1 makes most of our decisions and is impulsive, automatic, unconsious and intuitive. As an example, when you tied ...