Month: March 2017

Quirks of Thinking

Edison didn't call unsuccessful tests failures, but finding ways that didn't work

Do you have this quirk of thinking? Have you ever made this error? I’m afraid I have. For yourself, your actions as motivated by reasoning. For others, their actions as caused by personality traits. This error is so common it is named the fundamental attribution error. Fundamental Attribution Error Your mistakes are caused by the…

Baltimore 19th Century Female Philanthropist

Mary Elizabeth Garrett by John Singer Sargeant

This short video clip (1st of a series on greats in Johns Hopkins history) tells the story of Mary Elizabeth Garrett and her role in the founding of Johns Hopkins Medical School and in its requirement of strong scientific background for entry. She raised the money to open the medical school, insisting that women be…

Personhood at Conception?

What would it mean if personhood began at conception? In my state the likelihood of such an amendment has always been small, but recent political events make even the strangest probabilities possible. Personhood Amendment Let’s consider the text of the Colorado proposed amendment of 2014, which was voted down. Shall there be an amendment to…