Category Archives: 16: Culture

Would You Like One Space or Two with Your Essay?

Much Ado about Nothing – Shakespeare Science can be wonderful, especially when it reveals something definitive and really irrelevant in everyday life, such as E=mc2.  Science can also be frustrating, especially if its revelation is “Meh,” particularly to the scientists … Continue reading

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The Way We Think: Culture, Values, and a Righteous Mind

“Attitudes become Behaviors by Choice” While it may seem reasonable to attribute our (or other’s) behaviors to our (or their) attitudes and to assume that these attitudes are simply conscious expressions of subconscious values, a harder question is, “Where do … Continue reading

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The Grim Consequences from Studying Fake News

“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it” – Jonathan Swift The recent recognition that false or fake news propagates isn’t new, and the idea that it travels faster than truth isn’t either. Jonathan Swift knew this in 1729, … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

Why do some people succeed and others don’t? … That question has plagued people for eons. And plagued for me over the last 55 years. Too often the explanation has been an Either/Or one: some people work harder, others don’t. … Continue reading

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The Fishermen’s Dilemma – A Parable (Actually More About Tax Cuts and Responsibilities)

There was a town, of no small size, that was located by the sea. There were merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, and, as you can imagine, a number of townsfolk who made their living by fishing, as had their ancestors. Recently the … Continue reading

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The Baker’s Dilemma – A Parable

In a small village there was a bakery shop. Its owner had inherited the bakery from his father, who had inherited it from his father before him. It was not the only bakery in the village, but it was well … Continue reading

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Power Causes Brain Damage

“Power – a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies” – Henry Adams Power is like the weather: Everyone likes it when it’s comfortable, warm and makes them feel good; but More often than not it’s lousy … Continue reading

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