Does magical thinking define humans? Vitamin C and Trump’s zealots.

“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.

Return to Lake Wobegon, where every student receives an “A”

It’s been 10 years, almost to the day, since my original post on grade inflation, [1] 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”

The COVID-19 pandemic – the big, BIG picture

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

A failure of Janusian thinking – I simply do not understand the thinking of a Trump voter.

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.

Life is not linear

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

When a narcissist contracts COVID-19: “If I had only known…”

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…”

Victoria Spartz: The curious case of a $1M personal loan in the Indiana 5th Congressional Election

As strange as it may sound, I find it fascinating to peruse the Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign finance database. It’s both fascinating and depressing to realize how money drives our election system. Big money donations know no party affiliation, but sometimes there’s a story in the numbers worth telling. In this case it’s the … More Victoria Spartz: The curious case of a $1M personal loan in the Indiana 5th Congressional Election

Exploring the minds of pedestrians and the choices they make

I don’t know why, but I seem to be drawn to this topic. It’s no longer a question of what side of the road a pedestrian should walk on. We know the answer to that. No, I’m more interested in what causes some people to choose the wrong side. It’s been 14 years since I … More Exploring the minds of pedestrians and the choices they make