Ralph Lewis, M.D. Source: Courtesy of Ralph Lewis, M.D. Coincidence was the subject for the lead article of the March 2020 edition of Psychology Today . Its author, Ralph Lewis, M.D., is a psychiatrist who strongly believes that the current views of mainstream science offer the best explanations for coincidences. He kindly consented to be interviewed on my radio show. During the interview, I described a coincidence in which I was controllably choking. The day after this choking, my brother told me that while I was choking, my father, 3,000 miles away, was choking on his own blood and dying. I found this coincidence in hindsight. Dr. Lewis does not see the value of hindsight in coincidences because it can be a source of bias . He asked me to give him a prediction for a coincidence. I did. I described two situations in which I made predictions that I could arrive at the home of two different friends at two different times as each of them walked out of their houses … [Read more...] about Can Mainstream Science Be Expanded to Study Coincidences?
High Quality Source: Justin Denson, photographer Some coincidences are extraordinarily amazing like the series of serendipities that led to the discovery and manufacturing of penicillin (Beitman, p. 140-2). Some are trivial (like thinking of a strange word and a little later seeing or hearing that word). Why judge the quality of coincidences? The higher its quality, the more likely the coincidence offers useful information, so the more reason to examine it. (Although this statement seems plausible, we need to test it out.) The primary variables that contribute to the quality of coincidences include probability, impact and explanation requiring a possibly new scientific finding. Secondary variables include the degree of similarity of the coincidence elements, pattern weirdness and the breadth of the time window for the appearance of the second element. (Please note: there will be exceptions to most if not all the generalizations made in the following 2 sections. … [Read more...] about Estimating the Quality of a Coincidence
Almost everyone has encountered someone who, deliberately or not, is emotionally disruptive to them. Their M.O. is to ignite inner conflict in others, preventing clear thinking. Many are the ways these emotional manipulators set off inner conflicts in others. They expose contradictory behaviors, they may be inappropriately seductive, they may stimulate and frustrate nonsexual needs—just to name a few. Harold Searles was a brilliant, controversial psychoanalyst who worked with patients at Chestnut Lodge for over 15 years. Chestnut Lodge, a well-known sanatorium in Rockville, Maryland where patients with chronic psychiatric illnesses lived and received intensive treatment, ended its over century-long life, metamorphosing from boarding house to hotel, asylum, and finally proposed high-end condos before succumbing to a fire of unknown origin in 2009. Many of the patients with whom Dr. Searles worked had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1950s and 60s. While … [Read more...] about The Effort to Drive the Other Person Crazy
Anti-Filipino practices were strong in the 1920s and 1930s in the USA and displayed on doors of hotels and other businesses. Source: Positively No Filipinos Allowed, Look Magazine, 1945 My first explicit memory of racism happened in a movie theatre parking lot in the 1980s. My dad and I were about to enjoy one of our favorite pastimes for father-daughter weekends—a movie, popcorn, and of course our shared delight of bonbons. A car of young men drove by and yelled out a racial slur at us and told us to "Go back home!" A nine-year-old girl, I asked my dad what the term meant. My dad, who uses humor as a weapon to defeat challenging situations, explained it was a negative word for an Asian ethnic group. He then laughed it off with an air of intelligence , saying that we were called the wrong derogatory name for our Filipino heritage. There was no yelling, there was no anger (at least in the parking lot), and there were no tears. Instead, we both walked into the movies and … [Read more...] about Stay Proud: Being Asian American Is a Good Thing
Home Fashion Trends Fashion Trends Devika Tripathi By Devika Tripathi | on September 22, 2020 There's couture that reflects the symbiotic relation with the ongoing trends and then there's couture, which challenges the prevailing trends. It is a recurring thought, which particularly strikes us when we view Shantanu & Nikhil's couture. The designer duo, with acute and sharp designing sensibility, makes us question bridal couture. Be it their Anti-trend collection, which is about impeccably structured silhouettes or their military-inspired wedding and festive wear splashed in the grave tones of grey and dark reds, Shantanu & Nikhil remain uninfluenced by the wedding-wear narratives around. There's a muted maximalist touch to their outfits but their outfits aren't entirely minimal either. Between the two contrasting sensibilities (minimalism and maximalist), comes the ensembles of Shantanu & Nikhil. The designer duo often … [Read more...] about ICW 2020: Shantanu And Nikhil’s Collection Broadens The Prevailing Narrative Around Bridal Couture