The ReMa journey

These blogs were written in 2019-2021, when I was taking a Research Master at Radboud University, in Philosophy of Language. I had done no serious academic work for a long time, so my brain creaked and huffed and puffed, and eventually got back into shape.

An ending

I started this series of posts in november 2018. Quoting Robert Jordan, there are neither beginnings or endings to the turn of the wheel …
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Done and dusted

The research master is completed. Done. And dusted. But my, what a lot of dust! Well, not quite, the official ceremony (without the cap) …
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Mellow Yellow

And so, dear diary – things are finally coming to an end. A temporary end, from which things progress further. As Robert Jordan wrote: …
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Trust me, I don’t know either

Water, sea, waves, skies – I adore them. I stand in great awe of artists who manage to capture their light. Like Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky …
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Invisible tangerines

This is supposed to be the last out of four blogs to tell you about my academic exploits in times of Corona. But meanwhile life …
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Literary detective

The second blog (out of four) in the series “academic exploits in times of Corona”. Let me tell you about a fascinating seminar I …
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Robots have more fun

This is the first of a series of blogs about my academic exploits in the past 6 months. It is has been quite a …
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Herbs

Herbs and spices

I love Spring. It is the season I wait for every year. During the heatwave that – mercifully – just ended, I often remembered how …
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Spring!

It has been a while, I know. Like everyone else, my life has been constrained by #Corona. Thankfully my little household (consisting of myself, Husband …
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Never mind Cassandra

Just in case you don’t know Cassandra’s tale, I will tell it to you briefly. Otherwise you won’t understand this post. There are some variations …
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What goes up, must come down

My newly revived brain cells have become a little too greedy. A serious case of overeating. Hubris even. I expected difficulties in learning new things, …
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Groupies

At X-mas, it came to me. Honestly. It must be because of this forced rest. My brains not being made to study 12 or …
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Not fit for human consumption

My favourite animal in all the world is the Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland. You know the one, with the grin: “It vanished quite …
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On becoming human

I have shamelessly stolen the title of this post from Tomasello’s new book: on becoming human. You will have gathered from the picture at the …
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To be human

Something weird is happening to me. I am changing. I had no idea this would happen. But it is. As Husband puts it: you are …
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Metaphors

The evolution-of-language project is coming together now that I have moved to the new group, as I told you in my previous post. We …
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Into the woods

In my last post I promised you the story of the philosophy of language research project. Well, as you can tell from the featured image …
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Thinking tools for everyone

Sometimes my current philosophy course reminds me of my Oxford days, where a professor’s claim to fame would consist in investigating a niche subject, like …
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Back to school

The start of the new school year. I loved that time when I was a child. Everything new: new teachers, books, notebooks and a fresh …
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Embroidery

Yesterday I had my long awaited meeting with my supervising professor. You know, the grumpy one that I regard as mine. There were several …
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Visuals

I often have to find ways to express ideas without words. Many people simply not like reading. This may be because they are …
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1/4 down, 3/4 to go

I received my grades! You know I was worried about them, so you are going to find this amusing. The grades were fine. But once …
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Periodic table

The one thing I used to love about chemistry was its periodic table. It ticks all the boxes: clean, concise, clear, colourful and complete. I …
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The Emperor and the elephant

Today was the last seminar of term. Though I still have to write some papers, it felt as if the summer holidays had started. Certainly,  things will …
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Ripples

Today was the last lecture day for two of my seminars. I had anticipated a feeling a loss, because I had been enjoying myself so …
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World of wonders

A moment of quiet between the mountains of Things To Do – you remember me complaining about this in my last and ultra brief post. …
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Working, working

I have been silent, I suppose. Unless you happen to follow my progress in my conceptual playground, it might look as if nothing is happening. Well, …
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Conceptual Lego

This was the week I had to do a presentation for the Philosophy of Mind seminar. I had assumed that it would be ok, because …
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My bestest notes

I am a stationary fetishist. At the side of my desk sits a tall chest of drawers. I have separate drawers for pencils, for …
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Begin at the beginning

If you are an Alice-in-Wonderland fan, you will have recognised the quote immediately. It is from a conversation between the Cheshire cat and the King. …
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The wronged book

The story of my book review – it all started with the book I selected for it. We were supposed to pick a philosophical book …
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Learning to write

In my last post, I explained how I have to re-learn how to read. Well, it does not end there. Writing is another problem. One …
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The best words

Four weeks into my new academic life and the moment of truth arrived. Well, a moment of truth. The issue being, can I do …
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Food for thought

These first weeks, everything is different. My husband and I have a new routine. At end of a lecture day, if it is late, we …
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Philosophical arguments

One of my courses is compulsory. It is on philosophical skills and methods. It carries 20 European credits (=28 hour study load per EC) and …
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The art of misunderstanding

One might ask how a philosophy & psychology graduate ever ended up as a security architect. Well, I am not sure. It happened. And …
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And so it begins

It was a long wait, from the end of November until February when I finally could start on my research master (“ReMa”, as it is …
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Back to the beginning

Today, I received confirmation I am to be enrolled on my coveted graduate course on Language and Logic. Great stuff. Now I am back in …
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Own thy name

Today I received a mail via Geneanet containing this phrase: “I just happened to look into my family tree, which by the way I started …
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