A Open Letter to James, Oct. 2013

James, when the statement is made, “Jess and Jenny are going to do what Jess and Jenny want to do.” What is being suggested or implied by the statement? 1. Is this implying that J and J have some way of transcending the fully caused physical beings that they are? 2. Is this implying that…

Irate Walmart Shopper Curses Bag of Bird Seed

Recently while standing in the checkout line at Walmart I witnessed another shopper attempting to place (from rear of his shopping cart) a bag of wild bird seed into the rack underneath. The basket of the cart was full of potted plants just purchased, and one of his hands was handicapped with a wallet while…

Social Control, Self-Esteem, and Predators

The perception, attitude, and opinions of the Typical Hindu from India (in regard to eating cattle) is the result of religious indoctrination and other cultural forces. That is, perception, attitude, and opinions may be factors involved in the individual’s choice behavior, but those factors themselves developed as a consequence of still yet other factors, which…

Independence of mind and deep brain stimulation experiments

I read a some research finding a few years ago and can’t recall who the researcher was. Any input in that area would be appreciated. The article describe how a researcher used a platinum probe thinner than a hair to stimulate deep regions of an individual’s brain. Since I can’t recall the researcher’s name, we’ll…

Is My Daughter-In-Law Delusional?

A gentleman was chatting with me the other day and suddenly right out of the blue said, “Please don’t think I am delusional.” I was surprised at the gentleman’s assumption that I would think such. And I wondered whether he had been accused in the past of being delusional. After all, I have previously noticed…

Cognitive Bias, Conformational Bias, & Applied Behavior Analysis

My son readily accepts the theory of cognitive bias, since the bias is testable and comprehensible as a evolutionary developed trait. However, he feels that in order for a human to have a confirmation bias, the bias must be explainable according to the scientific discipline called, Behaviorism. I never had given the matter much thought…

Fuel Vs Oxygen Vs Kindling Point & Life Vs Nature Vs Nurture

We were taught in elementary science that three things are necessary for fire. One is fuel. The second is an oxidizer, such as oxygen. And the third is kindling temperature. Now we can discuss available oxygen and existing temperature when we speculate on the fuel catching fire. But to use such terms as “oxygen versus…