A journey along the healing road

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“Well, what seems to have happened during this longish interval of time and distance is that I’ve reached one of those stages along the ‘Grieving Road’. There is a pretty well-defined series of ‘phases’ you go through (I used to know all this stuff in detail from reading all them Grief Books over in London, but I’ve wisely let most of that stuff flow out of my head), with various stages through dominant Shock, Disbelief, Denial, Anger; and that Finally ...

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The problems—and benefits—of social science research

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I hate it when I get it wrong. I hate it even worse when I get caught getting it wrong. Of course I have enough experience in both areas that it should be old hat, but I still have to address it.

Of all the columns I’ve written for the Standard Journal the one that gleaned the most personal responses in the community was “The problems of having a hot wife”. We’ll see if readers are anywhere near as passionate on ...

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Life in a world of super-normal stimulation

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Nikolaas “Niko” Tinbergen captured the world’s attention when he managed to monopolize the attention of male butterflies with his cardboard female that looked much sexier than the real deal.

Niko Tinbergen was a Dutch ornithologist and biologist interested in explaining animal instincts, and what the factors that influenced these automatic behaviors. One such experiment consisted of painting oversized cardboard butterflies with exaggerated colors that mocked the natural tones of the female.

When placed in an area with a lot of males and ...

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