not with a bang but a whimper

There’s sure a lot to say about the novel coronavirus and about our healthcare system and the response and epidemiology and education and sports and politics and cultural views on food and medicine. I’d planned to write about most of those, and maybe I still …

Armchair Macroeconomics

Economics is so multivariate, so complex, that propagandists can probably find data to support whatever conclusion they want to state. I mean, they may not be able to do so in a way that will convince economists. But they will be able to convince the …

What about a chickacherry cola?

I really like soda. My favorites are Diet Coke and Diet A&W Root Beer. But I like all sorts of soda. In Florida, I got some sort of Brazilian guarana-flavored soda. While it was overly sweet, it was tasty. And now I have a “to …

Enduring Depression

I have some familiarity with depression. When I talk about depression, I don’t mean extreme sadness. I mean, it’s a cousin of sadness, but it’s not a matter of degree. It’s more like a hope deficiency, a corresponding lack of motivation, and an undercurrent of …

Here kitty, kitty

BF Skinner and Pavlov pioneered operant conditioning. And animal trainers have used this learning to condition behaviors in dogs, cats, lions, tigers, orcas, dolphins, birds, etc. (For explanations a layman can understand, I recommend Karen Pryor’s “Don’t Shoot the Dog”.) Still, here’s a fun article …