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Persons not vegetables: Dead, alive, and the in-between

TomatoesAndWatermelon

Once upon a time there was dead and there was alive. The twain did not meet nor intersect outside of religious miracles. The era of dead-or-alive lasted for millennia until the 20th century when technological advances inserted an in-between state that consisted of alive only because of medical assistance. The first crack in the dead-or-alive edifice started with ventilators, machines that […]

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Jason Lieb is now publicly exposed as a sexual predator

The New York Times’ Amy Harmon’s article this morning made public the dismissal….er resignation of Jason Lieb from the University of Chicago. This is big news. A full Professor at an elite university is gone because of sexual misconduct. How often does this happen? Not clear (because it is typically hushed up as much as possible) but not tremendously often. How often is such a happening made public? Almost never. UChicago has been my home for nearly a quarter of a century and I love her. I am also a woman and a person. So I have feelings which I will share here. The buck stops with the University of Chicago There is good and bad in this story. First the good. The good is that after Princeton and University of North Carolina appear to have kicked the can down the road, the University of Chicago put an end to the charade that Jason Lieb is an innocent victim of baseless accusations. The University of Chicago received a complaint, took immediate and appropriate action including affording Mr Lieb due process and came out with a conclusion. Mr Lieb violated the University’s sexual misconduct policy. This is now a matter of public record and any university that chooses to employ Mr Lieb, I am hoping this is unlikely, cannot plead ignorance. There were rumors that Mr Lieb had left one or both of his previous institutions due to sexual misconduct. Yet, that is all that […]

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Should Mom stop driving?

The proportion of favorable parole decisions based on the order of cases heard each day. Thus the first decision of the day is represented at the far left. Tick marks on the x-axis mark every 3rd case heard. The dotted lines represent food breaks. The clear implication is that the farther that the judges are from glucose intake the less likely they are to grant parole.

I have tried, repeatedly, to get my mother to stop driving. She just celebrated her 88th birthday. Every time I raise this issue, she emphatically insists that she is not giving up driving. I reason that the cost of taxis would easily be less than what she spends on gas, car maintenance, and insurance. She tells me that she absolutely needs […]

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The naked concussion emperor

This is an image of a bleed provided by a reader. The owner of this brain fell off his bike and hit his head. He only developed symptoms 3 months later. He went to the hospital and this slowly developing bleed was revealed. He was lucky.

I’ll be talking about the movie Concussion on WTTW, channel 11 here in Chicagoland. I look forward to talking with Phil Ponce on my second stint on Chicago Tonight (on my first visit, I talked about our work with rats and helping behavior). To anticipate talking about concussions (more so than about the movie), I thought I’d get into the spirit and give […]

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