Where does all this “spooky” business come from? It sounds father Gothic, but it hails from a famous debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Bohr’s theory–which I am not remotely qualified to explain, though I will try–suggested that: 1) two particles could become interrelated or entangled and 2) after which, they could interact even at astronomical distances, without any visible connection. (Bear with me, I’m going somewhere with this.)
I was, perhaps, an odd sort of child. I was not terribly well socialized for one thing, unless you consider sitting on the back of another toddler in the sand box and beating her with a spoon a kind of business networking. I also bit a child’s finger when she stuck it through the fence of my yard (that will teach you). Not surprisingly, I am the only person I’ve ever met who was kicked out of pre-school and asked not to return. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. I was less raving monster and more Wednesday Addams. And one of the best examples of this comes from my first day of kindergarten.
How dismal it is to have nothing to do–nothing to wish for–or, as Dr. Johnson put it in Rassalas, nothing to desire. It is a far worse fate than oceans of dread, tides of embarrassment, fits of rage, years of longing. For all of these have an object, something out in front of (or dreadfully behind) the fearful, fretting human soul.
TROUBLING THE FUTURE: the Remaking of Nikola Tesla: There are two great myths about Nikola Tesla. The first is that his greatest rival was Thomas Edison. But the second is perhaps even more intriguing. Read more at the HuffPo!
Medical humanities is a means of reflection upon and examination of biomedicine in context—and a recognition that context is politicized, culturally complex, and frequently ambiguous. But to see such a broad a vista needs a broad approach. My aim isn’t to define the medicine humanities as a single, static instrument or lens. Instead, we want to reconsider the medical humanities as radical dialogic encounter—a place for conversation with those outside our own areas of specialty.