A pandemic is not the time for a Potemkin President

In a sea of absurdity, narcissism, and incompetence, it’s almost impossible to pick one topic to write about. Almost. The SARS-CoV-2 virus [1] that’s engulfing the globe is a pandemic with consequences not yet fully appreciated by many. I understand that. Not everyone is an epidemiologist or works for the CDC. What is incomprehensible is … More A pandemic is not the time for a Potemkin President

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19: A case study of the social amplification of risk

In these times, one of the best ways to ensure a post isn’t read is to write about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The story is dominating all channels of communication and marginalizing almost any other story. And that relentless, ubiquitous communication is part of the broader societal story. The intensive coverage and discussion of COVID-19 creates … More The novel coronavirus, COVID-19: A case study of the social amplification of risk

The fog of life

It’s interesting how humans are the only animal that indulges in counterfactual thinking. At times, our memories of events can haunt us because we believe we could have, should have, made a different and better decision about something. The problem arises when we judge our past actions through the lens of our present knowledge. It’s … More The fog of life

When hate comes home: Racism, Twitter, Trump and his enablers

I was returning from a grocery shopping trip when I saw two people standing on an interstate overpass waving a large trump flag. My thought was that this is a free country and after all, I am in Indiana, so why be concerned. Then I saw their leather jackets with the crude letters across the … More When hate comes home: Racism, Twitter, Trump and his enablers

In 1787 James Madison knew one day there would be a Donald Trump

As the country grapples with what constitutes an impeachable offense for a president, many opinions have been offered. What strikes me most profoundly are the words of James Madison at the Federal Constitution Convention in 1787 where the underlying intention of “High crimes and misdemeanors” was debated before those words became part of the Constitution. … More In 1787 James Madison knew one day there would be a Donald Trump

Most published research is false – what does that mean for you?

There is a credible case to be made that most published research is false. This notion was popularized in a 2005 essay by Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis titled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” [1] As of this writing, the article has been viewed 2,833,883 times and cited 3,271 times. Several reasons have been … More Most published research is false – what does that mean for you?