Apophenia: Searching for Meaning

Happy 125th Birthday to Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922), Swiss psychoanalyst who popularized the use of patient’s interpretations of ink blot as a diagnostic tool. These techniques are now known generically as Rorschach tests. They utilize the underlying phenomenon of “apophenia,” which is the human tendency to see patterns in otherwise random data. Rorschach’s work developed out […]

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First Day Jitters

Scottsdale Unified School District is back in session for the first full week of the school year. Gerry Niskern sends this remembrance and reminder: First Day Jitters They’re big, cumbersome and annoying actually. They block our view and slow us down. Every neighborhood is infested with them around the middle of August. They make us […]

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Cool and Easy Summertime

Gerry Niskern sent these fond memories and suggestions recently. They were previously published in the Arizona Republic. “It’s Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy.” We’re all familiar with that old Gershwin song. The problem is, if you’re a new resident here in the Valley of the Sun, summertime doesn’t seem so easy, does it?   Don’t […]

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