Author Archives: Bruno Van de Casteele

About Bruno Van de Casteele

Philosopher by education, IT'er by trade. Allround Armchair Skeptic, History Enthousiast, Father of Three. Twitter @brunovdc Personal website: www.puam.be

2014 Predictions in Technology: Getting Better

Each year in January, I make a roundup of one particular set of predictions in technology. They are written by Mark Anderson from Strategic News Service. Over the years, I’ve come to realise he’s not a psychic (he doesn’t claim … Continue reading

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On How I was Fooled on the Internet

People sometimes ask me how I find the stories that I discuss in my blog posts. Sometimes my wife or friends send me stuff that I should discuss, but most of my ideas come from news aggregators. I have, for … Continue reading

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On the Relativity of Being Remembered as a US President

We humans are a strange bunch. Probably because of a good evolutionary reason and certainly caused by our inherently faulty memory, we tend to pay a lot more attention to current and recently passed events. Events further back tend to get … Continue reading

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How the Ghost Rider Coped with a Terrible Loss

Rush is one of those rock bands that doesn’t get enough recognition for their amazing musicianship and incredible career. It’s difficult to define them in a single sentence, their musical style evolved over the years. Starting out as a prog rock … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Cable Isn’t Just a Cable

A while ago I blogged about an expensive USB cable that claimed to increase the quality of music playback from a digital hard disk. That claim, of course, was complete and utter nonsense, as the playback is digital, so apart … Continue reading

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The Skeptical and Belgian Hip-Hop of Stromae

George Hrab can be considered the skeptical maestro-in-chief. His songs are witty, musically interesting, and the texts have a very clear skeptical theme. He’s also very fond of explaining his first appearance at The Amazing Meeting (TAM) in Las Vegas, where … Continue reading

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A Lucky Find in Egypt

I really liked the following news item, and for two reasons. Well three, actually, because it’s about archaeology (favorite subject of mine), but also because it features a really lucky once-in-a-lifetime find and because it features experimental archaeology (trying to … Continue reading

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Whales’ Pelvic Bones: Evolutionary Science at its Best

This summer I took my kids to the Royal Museum for Natural Sciences here in Brussels. Apart from the usual dinosaur exhibits and a very nice exposition on evolution, there was also a large room (evidently) for the display of … Continue reading

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Just a Joke … Or Is It?

YouTube kindly sends me an email each week with videos I might be interested in. The following is one that they recently featured; it promises to “triple your internet speed for free.” I was a bit skeptical, but hey, who doesn’t want … Continue reading

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Immanuel Kant, Skeptic

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the greatest philosophers the world has seen. He is especially known for his “critical” works, namely Critique of Pure Reason (1781) and Critique of Practical Reason (1788), but he also wrote a small treatise on … Continue reading

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