Category Archives: Emotions

Like shifting sands

(featured image credit: Weekend wayfarers CC BY) Our preferences are neither fixed, nor absolute – and that is a good thing, in times of crisis Some people prefer fried tomatoes to steamed broccoli, while for others it is the opposite. … Continue reading

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Our (corona)viral pitfalls

(featured image credit: CDC) The stakes in the global battle against the coronavirus are high, and our ability to make sense of often conflicting messages is under strain – there are many pitfalls. How should we evaluate what we read? … Continue reading

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Eisenhower and the coronavirus

(featured image: Judith E. Bell CC BY) In case of urgency, the unimaginable can become the feasible Say you had two tasks competing for your attention: one is very important, the other one is very urgent. Which one would you … Continue reading

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On viruses and trolleys

(featured image: NIAID CC BY and withvengeance86 CC BY) We can catch a virus on a trolley, but there is another connection – or why we sometimes must think the unthinkable The coronavirus, in the meantime rechristened COVID-19 by the … Continue reading

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Why we must keep memories alive

(featured image: aitoff/Pixabay) Time is money, it is often said, but it is also distance. By bridging these distances, we can make better life decisions In one of the most memorable scenes from the sitcom Father Ted, the main character … Continue reading

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The needs of the many

(featured image: Isriya Paireepairit CC BY) Rules and laws matter, and they often matter even more when we don’t like them – because they protect the needs of the many against attacks by the powerful few The works of William … Continue reading

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The cost of entitlement

(featured image: Vitaly Vlasov) On economics, law and personal conviction In 1865, a Dr Sturges purchased a property at no. 85, Wimpole Street in London’s Westminster borough. He must have been doing good business, since in 1873 he decided to … Continue reading

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