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Coronavirus: first ring of hell


I guess people have written longer, more detailed articles about the topic of this post already (I should link some here, maybe later, you can easily find them though). But seriously, if all this turmoil and shit is a result of a single pandemic, what are we gonna do when climate change disasters actually hit?

Let me clarify that I’m not even downplaying the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic here – it is a disaster in its own right on many levels. No need to go into more depth about this, it’s self-evident. Yet, this disaster is dwarfed in comparison to climate change and its anticipated disasters! Here’s why:  Coronavirus: first ring of hell

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It’s Corona Time! – 1

This will be a series of posts about the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The main purpose is just to organize my thoughts and find an outlet for them.
The title of this post is borrowed form the viral tiktok song by Red Knight

Agency

I find it interesting to consider the question of agency when we think of the Coronavirus.

To begin with, humans tend to assign a certain degree of free-will to things, even inanimate objects. Chemists specifically love to do that all the time! We talk about the needs and wants of molecules, as if they are willingly choosing to behave the way they do.

For simple things, it‘s easy to bring to mind the forces which actually result in the observed behavior – things fall due to gravity, not because they have an innate desire to be closer to earth. Now, with something complex enough like a virus (which on the scale of life may be argued to be the simplest life-form), it’s much easier to think of it as an independent agent that is self-interested in annihilating us so it reproduces.

But it’s just a bit of floating genetic code that fools the body of a host so it assembles more of that code. And unlike bacteria, the virus doesn’t even attack, eat, or reproduce. It just hits a cell in the right way, and the cell mindlessly starts making copies of it. In a sense, it’s a coding error that just happens to be self-replicating.

It’s Corona Time! – 1

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تقابلات هولندية-عربية: NL vs. AR

لي الآن في هولندا ما يزيد عن السنتين. اللغات دائما ما تثير عجبي، دهشتي، وافتناني. من الطريف للغاية أنه على الرغم من التقارب الشاسع (إن صح التعبير!) بين الهولندية والإنجليزية، إلا أن بعض تعبيرات الهولندية تتطابق مع العربية تطابقا ساحرا في روحها. هذه قائمة لبعضها.

My fascination with Dutch took another level when in some instances it was much easier to compare the Dutch expression to the Arabic than the English. Although Dutch is very similar to English (compared to Arabic) in these examples Arabic and Dutch share the same spirit.

تقابلات هولندية-عربية: NL vs. AR

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