Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • WHAT WE DO

    WHAT WE DO

    We do research into the phenomena of an aging world. The world is changing rapidly into a world with old people. In 2050 the world will know 25% of people older than 60, also having a live expectancy of 85. The number of new born children is diminishing day by day. To get older is […]

  • Being elderly in Vietnam: research in Vietnam, Day 2.

    Being elderly in Vietnam: research in Vietnam, Day 2.

    Concepts new to you help you see the same world different. There are two concepts I think are universal but not yet explored in relation to becoming older and finally in relation to needing care in some sort. The first is the The-pleasure-at-being-a-cause” and the second is “feeling-at-home” which I think are interconnected. These concepts […]

  • Being elderly in Vietnam: research in Vietnam, Day 1.

    Being elderly in Vietnam: research in Vietnam, Day 1.

    Doing anthropological research is starting with thinking on what to do and how to do it. Anthropologists are most of all explorers in the unknown. They went into the jungle and visited civilizations unknown to us with an (finally sometimes) open mind, learned to speak the language and while staying with the people developed theories […]

  • Oehn

    Oehn

      This is Oehn. He is 60 years old. He came to Phnom Penn from the province to beg. His Leg is broken and his children can not support him any longer.  We met him begging on the Kendal market by the riverside. He arrived yesterday in Phnom Penn. He left his family in the […]

  • Sam Siu

    Sam Siu

      In The building we Stayed, there live Sam Siu and his wife Kam Kiam. In their house live their 4 daughters, a brother, and around 6 little children. When we came in to take a picture of Mrs. Kiam, we found Sam Siu sleeping on the floor in a corner of the room, while […]

  • Festival of Older People: October 2017!

    Festival of Older People: October 2017!

    We are facing a worldwide demographic shift that has never occurred before. Slowly but surely a substantial part of the global population is growing older than 55. Expectations are that this will grow to 35% of the world’s population. That will change everything. It will change our visual culture, sound culture, the economy, healthcare, ways […]

  • Alexis’ pick: An ode to Jean

    Alexis’ pick: An ode to Jean

      Last week Sunday I had the pleasure of finally meeting the infamous Jean. A few weeks prior Sabya had called me, sounding slightly worried. She was trying to contact Jean via email and by calling his home phone for several weeks now and had not received any kind of response. According to Sabya, something […]

  • Martijn’s pick: Sophia

    Martijn’s pick: Sophia

    This is Sophia. For her full story click the link below         I love the portrait and story of Sophia, a grand old Lady, Queenlike in her beautiful saree. What catches me is the way she tells about her life, touching on the lives of her 5 children, on the history and […]

  • Nienke’s pick: Luus Paternotte

    Nienke’s pick: Luus Paternotte

    This is Luus Paternotte. For the full post click the link below. Luus Paternotte I like this post because I feel it shows what is to me the strangest misconception about ageing: that somehow there is an age at which you suddenly change from a young person into an older person and you’re supposed to start […]

  • Staff’s picks: Why and a call for participation

    Staff’s picks: Why and a call for participation

    When I started working for the Faketory and looked at the “elderly of the world” website, I was amazed and quite overwhelmed by how much material and content was there. I decided to approach it as if I was reading a book and not as if I was flipping through, let’s say, a shopping website. […]

  • Spotlight: Stories I can’t forget: Faketory’s staff picks

    Spotlight: Stories I can’t forget: Faketory’s staff picks

    I was drawn to this specific post because I was fascinated with the relationship between finances, care and religion. This post also made me think about self-sufficiency. What are the possibilities elderly have? Can they make a choice where to live and how to provide for themselves? What are the implications of choices, or lack […]

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