This blog has come to an end in its current form. A new and updated version is now online at www.trialectics.net. The new blog has a new domain name (.com will be replaced by .net) as well as a new layout. The updated software structure will make the website faster, much more readable, and easier to […]

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Change comes in unpredictable ways, and forecasters normally only saw it coming after the event occurred.  Still, we all try to predict what will happen, we extrapolate trends, and we cling to the routines of our lives, hoping that unending change will not disrupt us too much. The illusions in this strategy towards life and […]

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“For the madness of men is a divine spectacle: In fact, could one make observations from the Moon, as did Menippus, considering the numberless agitations of the Earth, one would think one saw a swarm of flies or gnats fighting among themselves, struggling and laying traps, stealing from one another, playing, gambling, falling, and dying, […]

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South East Asia consists of Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Cambodia. The history of the region is largely determined by its geography, and the following survey summarizes the main influences. I think it demonstrates how deeply world history influences the history of any region and vice versa; it also […]

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I became interested in South East Asia in recent years, and I traveled through the region during the summer of 2017. I live in the Bay Area of California,  which is increasingly influenced not only by China, but also by Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand. America’s identity is deeply intertwined with Asia: The American defeat […]

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Here are my book suggestions for 2017. There is a little bit of everything, and the selection is purely subjective. Some of the books are older, but have lasting value (for instance “Psychopathology and Politics.”) The books about environmental problems have a dark outlook – maybe we are beyond the point where catastrophes could have […]

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