Distractions have always been a part of life and humans have generally found ways to cope with them. But the number of distractions that we encounter each day has grown at a frightening rate over the last decade. It was only 30 years ago this month that the first website made its debut on the … More A life less distracted
Imagine it’s a quiet evening and you’re watching TV with a close friend and someone starts banging on your door. You get up and open it a crack and you think you recognize the man as a distant acquaintance. He pushes open the door and starts arguing with you about politics. Even though you barely … More Cell phones dominate our existence and gave us Trump and the insurrection
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” George Bernard Shaw My incredulity of the absolute devotion of Trump’s supporters and my inability to understand it continues to haunt me. I’ve wondered if their unwavering allegiance is attributable to the differences in neurophysiology or maybe it’s Trump’s adroit ability to manipulate them by … More Does magical thinking define humans? Vitamin C and Trump’s zealots.
It’s been 10 years, almost to the day, since my original post on grade inflation,  so I thought it was time for an update. However, as I was looking into new data, I realized that grade inflation is just one part of a much bigger challenge facing society – not preparing our children for … More Return to Lake Wobegon, where every student receives an “A”
A few weeks ago, I went down the rabbit hole of trying to understand why some people appear willing to follow Trump to the ends of the earth. My conclusion was that neurophysiology may make a significant contribution to their eagerness. Since writing that blog post, I’ve come across a recent article that suggests his … More What the Hell is wrong with you people?
A week ago, I wrote about how thinking of things in a cosmic time and distance frameset could help put the COVID-19 pandemic in perspective.  I still think that’s true, but I realized I may have left too rosy of a picture of the universe. Allow me to dot the “I” on that story. … More Cake or death? Vacuum decay or heat death?
As the person trying to drain the swamp while surrounded by alligators reminds us, it’s hard to readjust one’s perspective in the middle of a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic meets all the criteria for being a crisis and on many different levels. The medical aspect of the pandemic is inescapably dire, anti-maskers, and conspiracy theories … More The COVID-19 pandemic – the big, BIG picture
I believe there is value in trying to understand how a person has a different position than yours, but try as I can, I have been unable to understand the diversity of Trump’s base and their zealous commitment to him. I have tried to understand the thought process that brings them to believe in things … More A failure of Janusian thinking – I simply do not understand the thinking of a Trump voter.
Most people are familiar with the expression that life is a journey. Some expect the journey to be like a hike on a well-maintained trail with planned destinations, scheduled stops, and bubbling water fountains along the way. On that journey everything is predictable, but that philosophy inevitably leads to disappointment. No trip can be planned … More Life is not linear
I abhor those five words– “If I had only known.” It signals that the person saying them has been unaware of readily available knowledge. In some cases that can be benign as in the case of a person not knowing that there no eggs in the refrigerator. In some cases, it’s more serious – “Honest … More When a narcissist contracts COVID-19: “If I had only known…”