Placebos and Shams: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 2

When healing happens, what (or who) exactly, is in charge of the healing? Years ago, in Bill Moyers' 1993 publication Healing and the Mind, I came across an interview with Dr. Candace Pert in which she makes a stunning claim.  She told Moyers that in multiple personality disorders, it could be shown that within the same …

Brain, Free Choice, and the Limits of Knowing: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 1

In August 1966, I was seven years old heading into second grade.  My memory of the guy that went up into the tower at the University of Texas to kill a bunch of people is vague, but it's there.  Turns out, according to David Eagleman's Atlantic Monthly article "The Brain on Trial", Charles Whitman knew …

The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Introduction

The Atlantic Monthly’s July/August edition is labeled “The Ideas Issue.”   When I took the Marcus Buckingham “Strengths Finder” test, ideas and “ideation” (the process of thinking) were at the top of the list of my results.  I love ideas, love to think about them, and celebrate when a supposed new one crosses my path.  When …

Up to Our Necks in “The Shallows”

Nicholas Carr, in his book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing To Our Brains, brings a lot of brain science to bear on his simple thesis: the Internet is indeed changing the structure and processes of our brains, as will any new technology that becomes as ubiquitous and powerful as the 'net has become.   …

Connections

This has tremendous implications for any organization out trying to do good in the world. (Not to mention weight gain and loss.)  Part of me wants to say, "Duh," but on the other hand, there is something profound about the way the material is presented.  My favorite metaphor is the graphite vs. diamond illustration.  It's …

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