The View from a small island: Pandemic of Fear. Stress, Snake-oil or Counseling

“Pandemic data are like the light of distant stars, recording past events instead of present ones.’                                                 Ed Yong, The Atlantic, September 9, 2020 Coping, accusations, impatience, to mask or not to mask, bleach remedy, Princess Bride and a certified young man at 51.  I am reminded this week I have a hot temper—like an … Continue reading The View from a small island: Pandemic of Fear. Stress, Snake-oil or Counseling

The View from a Small Island: Bias–Post III: The Human Imperfections

The mind is the brain at work and culture is the creation of manifold individual minds composing a civilization where the legacy is handed on from one generation to the next.             Charles Gillespie 1998 A quick review: in Post I and II I present a new look at implicit Bias. I argue for a … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Bias–Post III: The Human Imperfections

Post V – a Pandemic and Party Conventions: the View from a Small Island

Polarization and Presidential Conventions August 21, 2020  a personal disclosure, an explainer book, the first presidential party convention and an introduction to a St. Louis couple who need counseling, desperately. I must disclose my political predilection at the outset. You may decide to continue reading, or not. Politically, I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. … Continue reading Post V – a Pandemic and Party Conventions: the View from a Small Island

Post IV 2020 a Pandemic & the View from a Small Island: Do I Need a Counselor (therapist) or just a Rip Van Winkle* nap?

August 5, 2020 – a spike in COVID cases, politics in a pandemic, a mask incident in Staples, and a feel-good story from Africa, ‘when a teacher cries’: Living with low-level anxiety When coronavirus cases spiked across the world in the last week of July, my emotional self fell from a cliff, not a rock, … Continue reading Post IV 2020 a Pandemic & the View from a Small Island: Do I Need a Counselor (therapist) or just a Rip Van Winkle* nap?

The View from a Small Island: Post II – Bias and Musicality

Post B – Bias and musicality To summarize: at this point, with only rudimentary knowledge of memory functions, I make a hypothetical leap based upon new technological (CNiFER) research.  The brain stores its memories into a network of thought.   Fearful experiences emit norepinephrine and pleasurable ones, dopamine. We like an event or we don’t  – … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Post II – Bias and Musicality