Archive for December, 2010

Optical Illusions

This blog was inspired by a menu at a pancake house. Muses are everywhere. The kids’ menu portrayed classical optical illusions – which line is longer, which center circle is bigger? And if you have been alive for more than a few years you know the answer. The lines are the same length. The center […]

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ADD or Me Me Me?

I read an article today about the misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children – and the conclusion of this study, conducted by investigators at Michigan State, concludes that some kids are getting “diagnosed” merely because they are the youngest kids in their classes. The true diagnosis of ADHD is based on observation […]

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Women, Girls and Practical Choices

By my estimation – where girls, women and feminism are – we have not come that far. I have a nagging sense that the competitive burdens being heaped on young women to gain admission to the most elite colleges, professional schools and the like represents a long, arduous route to old story of university as […]

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The Myth of Marriage, Friendship, and Fidelity

I am against marriage – I don’t make any bones about it. And today I think I read one of the best arguments against the stultifying institution of lifelong intimate partnership. MSN .com (http://glo.msn.com/beauty/are-you-unfaithful-6116.gallery?gt1=49006) featured a piece on cheating – and the upshot was that if you even speak to a member of the opposite […]

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