What are your ‘trigger’ words and how to they affect your perception?
If we learned anything in 2020, it is how words have consequences. They can heal or hurt. Inspire or conspire. Certain words and phrases elicit intense positive or negative emotions. These are called “trigger” words, and they influence how we view the world. The ethical question is who or what put them in our psyches. […]
Free press v. free will: Do we have either?
The 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) maintained that we all have free will. At issue, he says, is who or what shaped that will. In his book “Essays and Aphorisms,” he writes, “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” In other words, perception […]
Lack of Iowa Poll is disappointing but not a conspiracy
I have a lapel pin that looks like a tiny newspaper front page with the headline: “Dewey defeats Truman.” Of course, we know from history that Harry Truman won the presidency in 1948, not Thomas Dewey. I think about that premature headline on big election days as a simple reminder: Don’t make stupid predictions. Going […]