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American Dream

In this week’s spotlight I would like to discuss the American Dream. Webster defines the American Dream this way, “The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” Owning Your Own Business This ambitious statement is often trivialized with idioms of baseball and apple pie. That said, if we take a moment to think about the true meaning, “that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative,” then we can quickly understand why so many Americans ...

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Humility and Civility

In this week’s spotlight I would once again like to visit the idea of civility in our society. My lifetime has never seen a divide in America as deep as it is today. People no longer seem to listen to one another. Instead they meet opposing views as though they were threatened with a violent confrontation. I sometimes think of this inability to hear another out as a form of social narcissism, in that everyone has their own opinions, beliefs, and so-called “truths,” and they’re exclusive to all else. Indeed, folks can be so invested in their private perspective as ...

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Words and Biases

In this week’s spotlight I wish to discuss the nature of bias, particularly those biases that most fail to recognize as a bias at all. Last week I read and shared a new study that showed that men have a working advantage over women in turns of promotional identity, in part simply because of how and when we use surnames. For example, “When talking about famous people, do you say “Darwin” but “Marie Curie?” Dickens but Emily Dickinson? Shakespeare but Jane Austen? What’s in a name—or part of a name—matters.” 1 In eight different studies, research at Cornell University yielded ...

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Myth, Metaphor, and Wives’ Tales

In this week’s spotlight I wish to discuss the nature of myths, metaphors and wives’ tales. Science has traditionally tended to scoff at these things, dismissing them as just so much nonsense. Is that fair? There are several so-called wives’ tales that science and data have discovered are indeed true. For example, the wives’ tale that insists a long difficult labor will lead to a boy is statistically supported, at least according to a survey in the Maternity Hospital in Dublin.1 Proven Tales How about the wives’ tale that hot baths can damage sperm or the idea that carrots improve ...

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Games People Play

In today’s spotlight I wish to discuss the idea of the imitation game. One of the more famous quotes regarding imitation states, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” is by Charles Colton. Now Confucius had this to say about imitation, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” By contrast, Herman Melville apparently held imitation in disdain, or at least some forms of it, when he stated, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Imitators ...

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When Fake News Divides

In this week’s spotlight I wish to address something we all hear a lot about today, and that is the idea of fake news. Now I’m not going to go down the road of Trumpian fake news, so relax if that concerns you. No, I’m more interested in bringing to your attention how the media can rush to judgment in ways that divide our country and contaminate our thinking about matters outside of the world of politics. Sensationalism We hear a lot today about the evils of Google, as this past weekend’s 60 Minutes show argued, or the Facebook scandal ...

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