Reality-Truth…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Politics, Star Trek I’ve been finishing up the semester. I passed my preliminary exam. Now I’m working on refining my research question for my dissertation proposal, due late spring. I usually take a break from blogging around the holidays, and as my Dean put it, dissertations proposals are “aContinue reading “Reality-Truth…”

Truthiness, to Truth Decay…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Truthiness is the belief or assertion that a particular statement is true based on the intuition or perceptions of some individual or individuals, without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. Truthiness can range from ignorant assertions of falsehoods to deliberate duplicity or propaganda intended to sway opinions. The concept of truthiness hasContinue reading “Truthiness, to Truth Decay…”

Science Literacy, and Democracy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Education, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics “The human understanding is no dry light, but receives infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called ‘sciences as one would.’ For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience ofContinue reading “Science Literacy, and Democracy…”

The Next Authoritarian…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” Frank Herbert No less than “created realities” Karl Rove and “the room where it happened,” and knock-off Yosemite Sam, John Bolton, have saidContinue reading “The Next Authoritarian…”

Stockholm, and Munchausen…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Human Rights, Politics Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response. It occurs when hostages or abuse victims bond with their captors or abusers. This psychological connection develops over the course of the days, weeks, months, or even years of captivity or abuse. Ref: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/stockholm-syndrome#definition Munchausen syndrome by proxy isContinue reading “Stockholm, and Munchausen…”

Communication…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Politics, Research Living through a pandemic has resulted in phrases like RT-PCR, immune response, and aerosolized droplets becoming part of the regular vocabulary for a portion of the population. It has also underscored the important role that we all have to play as scientists in communicating science to the public. As research related to COVID-19 has moved forwardContinue reading “Communication…”

Name It, Claim It and Tomorrow…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Politics Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author who is best known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932Continue reading “Name It, Claim It and Tomorrow…”

Negligent Genocide…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Under Penal Code 192b PC, California law defines involuntary manslaughter as the unintentional killing of another person, while committing either a crime that is not an inherently dangerous felony or a lawful act that might produce death. A conviction is punishable by up to 4 years inContinue reading “Negligent Genocide…”

Altered States…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one of the pillars of democracyContinue reading “Altered States…”