Reality is probably not what it seems. The simulation hypothesis proposes that all of reality, including the earth and the universe, is in fact, a computer simulation. This proposition is, in fact, based on fundamental principles of human reasoning. Billions of years have passed since the formation of the earth. Early carbon-based life forms have had compelling experiences, to say the least. Imagine for a second, that the senses we experience, the things we observe, are all but a simulation, in which we are the “sims”. Computational power is increasing at an unprecedented rate, unlike […]
Since January first 2019 the VAT has been raised by the Dutch government from 6% to 9%. This increase gave shop owners a choice: increase prices to pass the costs on to the customer or keep the prices put to have the opportunity to obtain competitive advantages. Over the course of three months more and more companies increased their prices. However, in most cases this increase was more than the 3 percentage point caused by the rise of the VAT. This could make you wonder what caused the other part of the price increase. In […]
In een drieluik van artikelen zullen Tim van Schaick en Lasse Vuursteen de illustere wereld van de internetmemes induiken. Het doel: de culturele, maatschappelijke en politieke relevantie verkennen. In dit eerste deel: wat zijn memes, waarom zie je er zoveel tegenwoordig en op wat voor manier zijn memes relevant voor de zeitgeist in het informatietijdperk?