Emotions run high. Kids out on the field playing hard. One kid does something. Another kid is hurt. And then the parents start misbehaving. It it happened this weekend. And I was one of the parents. Under 10 girls soccer. My little girl, almost nine years old, was involved in a collision shortly before halftime.… Continue reading Parents at a Kids’ Soccer Game
Entropy: that things move from order to chaos. Entropy is not a concept or an idea. It is a law of thermodynamics that we see everywhere around us. As we change the season up in the northern hemisphere it will become apparent to most of us. The bright green of leaves will change to the… Continue reading Of Entropy and Relationships and Conflict
Scientists are people. We can’t expect them to act any differently. But we can hope that they do.
The Lizard. Appeal to Reptilian Instinct to Survive. Not reason. Not success. Use their fear for your benefit. In 2009, David Ball and Don Keenan released a book titled, “Reptile: the 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution.” This book took the Plaintiff’s bar by storm. The book advises Plaintiff’s attorneys to appeal to the “reptilian”… Continue reading Politics and the Reptile: Tribalism and Politics of Fear and Hate
We judge our enemies by their actions and our friends by their intentions. Recently, we have seen a positive change in the treatment of the LGBT community under the law. Still, there are others in governmental positions that disagree with policy changes. Indeed, we have many recent examples of government officials refusing to do their… Continue reading Kim Davis, Jesse White and Jerry Brown – Government People Not Doing Their Jobs
Americans are generally quite happy with the care hat they receive from their physicians. Nevertheless, the most common complaints about physician visits relate to wait times. Everybody understands the wait times. Indeed, a few weeks ago there was a Facebook posting about why patients end up waiting past their appointment time. Physicians feel the stress… Continue reading Doctors and Patient Waiting: Communication with the Patient Makes Wait Time Bearable
I once witnessed an exchange in a courtroom. One attorney was arguing some point and decided that in her zeal she would go a step further. I can’t even remember the point she was arguing because her choice of words caused her to changed the subject. She used “clearly.” As in the legislature clearly intended… Continue reading For Better Understanding and Focus, Avoid Adverbs