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An engrossing read, and your diary actually managed to jolt my memory back to the days I was still playing chess as a pastime - though playing chess in competition with time control I found simply too enervating at that age. Probably that still applies today.

Still, this anecdote stood out particularly:

Again psychology can be important; in a philosophy seminar one of my lecturers read the latest chapter of his book. I thought there was a mistake in his argument, but hesitated to challenge him, wondering if it was really a mistake if he hadn't realised it himself. But then another philosophy lecturer made exactly my point and I could have kicked myself for being intimidated (even though I quite often argued with lecturers).

This applies to plenty other tenets in life. I've my own little anecdote how worthwhile it can be to listen to one's intuition: a little over a year ago, I was involved with a number of stories about illegal Iraqi's in the Netherlands who refused to return to Iraq - but couldn't be forced to leave, leaving them in a wrenching bureaucratic abyss.

In protest, the Iraqi's  had build an impromptu camp in front of a local asylum centre. After a couple of weeks, the city council ordered a removal by force on legal grounds, the judge agreed and so the camp was broken up. The protesters were provided with governmental facilities spread across the country, thereby strategically defusing the movement.

Interest piqued, I searched and read the court order that underpinned the camp's removal. A number of inconsistencies and inaccuracies of the judge struck me, leaving me with the impression that the decision of the camp's removal was flawed and had no legal ground. Still, if it  was the court's decision, who was I to question that kind of authority? No one else of our editors could make sense of it, so I let the story drop, moving on as one does. To our editorial team's amazement (and of course my personal chagrin), some two weeks later the law journalist in a competing newspaper raised hell and fury about the same inconsistencies of the court order and concluded the removal of the camp had been illegal and in breach of the law.

So one learns.

by Bjinse on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 08:19:17 AM EST

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