Let Freedom Ring! (And if you make it to the end of this post, you will be rewarded with a video of pigeons playing ping-pong.)

“Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!” Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, spoken almost 50 years ago, still inspire me today. But what if freedom couldn’t ring anywhere? What if freedom simply didn’t exist, at least not in the sense that King meant it or that we envision it? For B.F. Skinner, a […]

I have a confession to make: I do not enjoy listening to music played by The Beatles.  I am fully aware that this should result in me having my musician’s card removed, my guitar taken away from me and me being locked in a room with a TV playing “Yellow Submarine” until I can recite […]

Sibling Birth Order

The other day in class we talked about sibling birth order. Alfred Adler was the first one to propose that our personality is at least partly determined by the order in which we are born. These are some of the possible qualities he associated with each birth order: 1. Oldest child: nurturing and protective of […]

Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself! (A Short Discussion of Flow and Human Potential)

When I steal the ball in an intramural basketball game, break past my defender, and sprint for a layup, I won’t hear you if you scream my name. When I pole-vaulted in high school, launching myself 8 feet in the air to clear a plastic bar, I never heard my parents’ cheers, no matter how […]

Ballet and Black Swans

If you are feeling that your brain is very happy and content and have a desire to change that, I would encourage you to watch Swan Lake and immediately follow it with Black Swan.  The juxtaposition of the smooth, ethereal dancing of Tchaikovsky’s ballet– which was first produced in 1870– and the gritty and rather disturbing […]

The Art of Live Performance

Allow me to paint you a figurative picture, not a real one because I have the artistic ability of a one-flippered penguin.  Anyway, you’re sitting in the absolute worst seat in a concert hall.  You can barely see the performers and your neck is craned to an angle that would make a giraffe uncomfortable.  And […]

Youngest Children Storm CC! (and other thoughts from week one of Personality)

Take a closer look at Colorado College’s website. You click the “welcome to CC” link, and the following words appear: “Welcome to doorways, horizons, and adventures. Welcome to the beginning of the rest of your life. Welcome to Colorado College. Start exploring now.” These preliminary welcome statements, along with the rest of CC’s advertising, market […]

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