The worried well

The worried well was a phrase I heard today. It was used to describe what appears to be much of the American population in regards to the current reported viral pandemic. As of yet there is little evidence that the virus posses a threat beyond that of any mild illness. In other words, for most … Continue reading The worried well

Welcome to the real world

Welcome to the real world, Krystal Ball, Robert Wright, Bernie Sanders, and y'all of the Foke Woke. What happened on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, shocked the world. Make that the Foke Woke world. Here's a summary: The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the latest virus outbreak a global pandemic. Congress grilled officials from the Center … Continue reading Welcome to the real world

The Magpie Cafe

The Magpie Cafe is a dream. Ever since I began working in the restaurant industry some fifty years ago - I've imagined having a cafe that integrated where I lived with that which I love. Mostly, of all things - I love people and conversation, good food and spirits, music, wood and wild country. So … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe

The soul of America

Watching the Democrat's debate last night and then sleeping on it, I've come to this conclusion: the 2020 election is for "the soul of America". Those words and that thought was articulated by Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee, in his closing remarks. He said, "Character is on the ballet. We have to restore America's soul." … Continue reading The soul of America

Thunder Pass and the Box Canyon

Thunder Pass There is a chapter in my book, Election 2016, titled "Thunder Pass". Ironically, it is the shortest chapter in the book but makes a most important point about personality and the Law of Attraction. It asks three important questions: Who are you? What do you think? Where do you want to be? "Thunder … Continue reading Thunder Pass and the Box Canyon

Simulation, Souls, or Skinner box

Lately I've been thinking about the disturbing, yet also comforting, world we live in. It's dangerous and hostile and unforgiving. The idea that we are nothing but a product of an amoral, evolutionary process - an accident - is too disturbing. Most people believe we are either sinner and saints (souls) or simulations. I disagree. … Continue reading Simulation, Souls, or Skinner box

Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University (NWUS) demonstrates how data and words are manipulated to misrepresent reality (what is true) to fit a preconceived notion and agenda. That agenda serves a political and social prejudice (feminist, progressive, postmodern liberalism). This is also known as confirmation bias. Unfortunately, today, this is a common practice … Continue reading Words are manipulated to misrepresent reality

Independent thinking

Independent thinking - if you ask people, most would probably say that that is something they mostly do; but that's likely not the case. How can I say that? Where's the evidence? Well that's the trouble with self reports, polling, even psychological testing. Independent thinking is something one can only surmise by observing and recording … Continue reading Independent thinking

The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

What is the truth? My Psych-girl (a third wave behaviorist, clinical Psychologist) is skeptical, not only of "the truth", but especially of my assertion that I've a handle on it. Who decides You sure can't trust the old standard bearers, if you ever could? And now, there's the new media (of which WordPress.com is part) … Continue reading The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?

Impeachment and patterns of behavior

In a previous essay, Independent thinking, part II, I said, or agreed with, the idea that personality drives behavior; and suggested that personality is determined by factors that just might give Third Wave Behaviorist Psychologists a reason to question the money they invested in their education (half-a-million dollars). But one of many ideas we (3rd … Continue reading Impeachment and patterns of behavior