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Rethinking Motorcycle Safety

It’s that time of year. The leaves on the trees are starting to come back, the flowers arrive fashionably late, and, yes, motorcycles and their riders are again seen along the crowded streets and highways. Time to once again begin keeping a close lookout––and to ask: Are motorcycles unavoidably unsafe? Do they carry inherent risks […]

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Creativity and the Taking of Risks

As the years pass, do we tend to become more risk averse? Do we seek out the sure thing, preferring to avoid the doubtful and uncertain, the unusual or unsettled? Many come to view risk taking as something to be avoided, an unnecessary threat or hazard––after all, why take the chance? As the years pass, […]

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Witness Questioning and the Framing Effect

How questions are phrased makes all the difference. The specific words used, the tone and undertone of the question, the subject matter emphasized––depending on how a question has been phrased, one can pretty much predict the answer. Psychologists have long understood this concept, referring to it as “the framing effect:” “The framing effect provides another […]

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Mind-blindness and the Empathetic Response

Tapping into the empathy of others can at times seem elusive. We’ve all seen instances where one would expect empathy to arise spontaneously––for example, in response to another’s injury––but just the opposite occurs. Instead of empathy there’s a distinct closing off of emotion, a hardening and desensitization. Why? What is it that shuts down the […]

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On Motivated Reasoning

Evidence persuades by instilling new beliefs as well as by confirming beliefs already held. Ideally, there should be no contradiction––newly acquired evidence should be consistent with longstanding convictions held by everyone. But what if the two conflict? What if the evidence seeks to establish a conclusion that runs contrary to widely-accepted norms? Psychologists have long […]

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Intuition and Counterintuition

“The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over with facts, with thoughts. They shall one day bring a lantern and read the inscriptions.” Right thinking, we are told, must be rigorous, logical. Our arguments must avoid at all costs any sentimentality, any emotion. To use an imprecise term, to skip a step, to generalize––all […]

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Neurotoxicity of Anesthesia in Children

Anesthesia when administered properly has over the years been a resounding success, enabling surgical and other complex procedures to be performed routinely that otherwise would not be possible. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of modern medicine without thinking of the vital role that anesthesia has played. In recent years, there’s been one aspect of anesthesia […]

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Litigation Strategy and the Einstellung Effect

Those who handle accident cases are routinely called upon to answer a simple question: how can we establish through admissible evidence that our side of the case should prevail? Each case we accept can be seen as a new and previously untested problem that requires certain steps to be taken before a successful outcome can […]

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An Abiding Presence

Depression as a serious medical condition – and not as an easily managed and self-chosen state of mind – has in recent years finally gotten the attention it deserves. There’s a large and growing body of medical literature on depression, its causes and effects, and there’s some promising new approaches on the horizon, including transcranial […]

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Aeriform vs. Incompressible

The air that surrounds us we can breathe easily and without effort due to its gaseous state. Our lungs are perfectly designed to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. While many areas of the human body are protected with multiple layers, the lungs are a study in exquisite diaphanous design—the barrier between the inhaled air […]

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