Will logic and reason ever empower us to stop eating meat?

“Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.” – Carl Sagan “All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied.” – Vernon Howard It’s such a human thing to do, isn’t it? Repeatedly doing something that’s harmful to ourselves simply because it feels good. Or choosing … More Will logic and reason ever empower us to stop eating meat?

The societal implications of indulging preferences.

A recurring theme of this blog is that humans are peculiar creatures. One of our peculiarities is that each person has personal preferences for just about everything and anything. Name anything and you’re likely to find that people will have large and subtle variations in how they prefer it. Food, cars, clothes, weather, games, and … More The societal implications of indulging preferences.

Climate change is relentless. Just ask the Aussies about their algae blooms.

Florida algae – out of sight, out of mind? Out of sight, but probably not fully out of mind. The google trend chart below shows the relative number of searches for the word “algae” in the United States. It’s clear the peak searching was last summer at the height of the algae disaster. That’s quite … More Climate change is relentless. Just ask the Aussies about their algae blooms.

Enthusiasm’s impact on affecting change is bifurcated.

What circumstances cause one person’s enthusiastic approach to an issue to be ineffective and to resonate with only a polarized minority, while another person’s enthusiasm launches a movement that results in a major cultural shift? Maybe it’s as simple as enthusiasm that is not tempered by reality is self-limiting. Anyone can be enthusiastic about virtually … More Enthusiasm’s impact on affecting change is bifurcated.

A prescription to improve the health of Hoosiers: A second medical school in Indiana.

Should it matter to Hoosiers that we have only one medical school in the state? Yes, definitely, for at least two distinct reasons. First, more medical schools would result in an increase in the number of physicians in the state which would in turn provide additional workforce capacity and opportunities to address medically underserved regions … More A prescription to improve the health of Hoosiers: A second medical school in Indiana.