What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Earlier this week, Seth Godin had a post about lifelong fans, and the importance we place on being a fan. He writes: This instinct (of being a fan) is so strong that we suspend disbelief (and create belief) based on something as shallow as what logo is on the box. We confuse our rational understanding … Continue reading What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago

Bradley Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, is the lead author of a new study that is challenging the near-universal recommendation to cut back on red meat for health reasons. The research was published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine and contained a controversial accompanying recommendation from scientists, suggesting that adults continue eating … Continue reading Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago

I’m Just Glad My Teacher Didn’t Burst Out Laughing

In a previous post I wrote about how I've gotten a little braver about answering questions in class, even when I'm not quite sure of the answer. Well now I might have to go back to my old ways of being a "bump on  log". The other day the teacher asked a question, and I … Continue reading I’m Just Glad My Teacher Didn’t Burst Out Laughing

My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

(please note - this is one of my longer blog posts - you've been warned!) As a vegan, there are certain beliefs I hold about which foods are good for me and which foods are not. When the results of new studies are announced that reach conclusions that are not consistent with my beliefs as … Continue reading My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

Human Energizer Bunnies

I was reading the paper today, and there was a great story about Judy Collins, of "Both Sides Now" and "Send in the Clowns" fame. I was shocked to read that she is 75 years old! But quoting from the story: "(she) is still as enthusiastic about making music as she was in her heyday. … Continue reading Human Energizer Bunnies