Category: Daily Society

Flash Mob and the Social Contract

Social Contract

Perhaps you saw the recent news: NJ Family Visiting Baltimore Haunted By Random Teen Attack At Inner Harbor Flash Mob About 5 years ago I was at Harbor Place in Baltimore. It was mid-day. All the sudden about 30 kids – all black, probably 10-14 years old, waving their arms and yelling – rushed through…

Gas Explosion and Rebuilding

Front. One house completely missing,another one half missing

Recent hurricane disasters got me to think about a local disaster. Two years ago, a townhouse in Columbia was devastated when a gas leak led to an explosion. A few days later I went over and got these front and back images. Finally earlier this year—a year and a half after the explosion—reconstruction was started.…

Education K-12 Minimum Goals

Reaching for the stars. Young girl seeming limitless possibilities

It take some hubris to suggest anything about education K-12 when 3 million teachers are working in the field, according to an email I received yesterday, but K-12 education is not doing well. Also I want to understand more clearly the conflict between Trump’s Secretary of Education and public school systems. General education, kindergarten through…

The Future of News Media

Newspaper Rollers with equipment beyond

Should news media change to a different format to reach more viewers? Most newspapers and TV news shows are losing audience and advertisers. Are they header for extinction? They have taken the road of being commentators without great success. Fox Media comes to mind as the lonely exception. Role There is a news role that…

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…

Troublesome Inheritance Thoughts

Four children of different skin color

            Troublesome Inheritance is a polemic by Nicholas Wade to develop his position—racial differences are real and account for the differential success of individuals and societies. He claims that there is a 14% genetic difference across the races. The differences are not uniquely different DNA strings (we’ve all heard that humans and chimps only differ…

Conspiracy Theory Feature

Definition Conspiracy theory from Merriam-Webster. A theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups. Feature A theory relies on a string of events, some of unknown probability. A conspiracy theory treats new information in a unique way. When an explanation is given for…