Henk Mulder

Millennium Foundation
Geneva, Switzerland

About Henk

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Areas of Expertise

Technology & Business Change, Consciousness & the Nature of Reality, Travel and Technology

I'm passionate about

New Thought. Breakthrough Thinking.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Henk Mulder
Posted over 1 year ago
Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be
Dealing with your own gender and sexual identity can be hard enough when your in your teens. But later, seeing your child trying to cope with a different gender or sexual identity of which they are increasingly sure but don't know how to bring out and about can leave you in a powerless pain, like watching someone drown out of your reach. Dr Spack goes the whole way, which saves lives, but equally important he creates space for society to understand alternative gender identity. Societal hormone treatment if you like. I love that. Thank you doing what you do.
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Henk Mulder
Posted almost 3 years ago
One CAN ONLY accomplish objectives (period).
Indeed and I think that a lot of disagreements - including on TED - are due to this divergence in context. I have found that the best thing one can do when meeting new people, is to work out what their default context is in order to be able to engage constructively.
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Henk Mulder
Posted almost 3 years ago
One CAN ONLY accomplish objectives (period).
When you want to discuss in a single context then you CANNOT use words like ONLY and TRUTH without underlining the fact the this TRUTH is valid ONLY in the context you have chosen. Instead you define your context and generalize your conclusions to be true outside your context.
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Henk Mulder
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is science fiction a laboratory for new ideas, or is the relationship purely coincidental?
I worked in nuclear science for 10 years and every year 1000's of papers were published on all sorts of exotic subjects. It was a little overwhelming and made me feel very small. Until I realized that papers are scientific currency, much as dollars are business currency. The quality of a scientist os measured, literally, by the number of papers he or she has published. I don't know the exact number but my guess is that 90% of papers are incremental knowledge. A scientist wants to go to this cool conference in Hawaii and must publish to go there. So he takes his last paper and adds a new statistic. Only a small number of papers are worth reading. They concern real progress and they are the one's that need to be reviewed. Obviously, if you are a scientist who specializes in the changing patterns of veins in the top left corner of the wings of common flies, then you will probably be a critical reader of all papers on that subject but otherwise, we should stay at a high level and only read that which is relevant.
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Henk Mulder
Posted almost 3 years ago
Help! Are we really expanding?
The balloon experiment is just an analogy which illustrates the increasing distance between galaxies etc. But here it stops. The problem with the Big Bang is that space itself was created and it is space itself that is expanding. For reasons I don't fully comprehend, and i'm not sure anyone does, the universe has no center nor does it have an edge. This is because we are not expanding in space but space it expanding itself. Add to this the little complexity of the size of the universe. It is so big that light from distant galaxies travels so far that we are not seeing these galaxies as they are today, but as they were when the light left them, sometimes billions of years ago. So, not only is space expanding, time is also a stretchy mess, at least from where we stand. Most physicists have stopped trying to visualize the cosmos, sub-atomic space and quantum mechanics. Instead they have models that are coherent within that context and they visualize those. The human brain is at present not really capable of visualizing 4+ dimensional space-time, which is what these extreme environments are made of. It's fun trying though :o)
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Henk Mulder
Posted almost 3 years ago
Help! Are we really expanding?
Take balloon and mark it with a lot of dots. Now blow it up and as it expands you'll see all the dots moving away from each other. This only happens with an expanding surface. Be careful, if you blow too much, there will be a big bang.