Not many people decline their doctor’s diagnostic tests. I had annual mammograms from age 41. Then, the medical associations’ recommendation changed. Had I followed the new guidelines I’d have been dead in… Read more Conflicts and health are frozen accidents →
Those of us speaking out against creating certification for conflict resolvers don’t seem to have a lot of allies. The weight of popular opinion is that certification with standardized credentials should (must) be done. Here are the reasons I disagree and have a cautionary point of view:
There is a pattern in two major events that occurred this month:– 33 Chilean miners were rescued— in a breathtakingly heroic effort and, at the other end of the hemisphere,– Calgary elected a new mayor. They share one common theme:
How do we know what another person intends? Theory of Mind is something most conflict resolvers know about while perhaps not knowing that it’s called Theory of Mind. It refers to how a person knows what someone else’s intentions are. This belief that we can know someone else’s private unspoken intention, and judge the intention as moral or immoral, is the basis for Theory of Mind research.
Hospital administrators and public health officials have pandemic plans in place. While there may or may not be a deadly pandemic, climate changes will fast-track scary epidemics. It’s good to have emergency and contingency plans in place against pathogens. However, pandemic planning seems to predict that patients, families and loved ones will accept decisions about priority for treatment. If so, is this a reasonable expectation? It is foreseeable that not all people will do as they are told, especially when they are frightened and ill. Yet, almost no country, state,… Read more Pandemic panic conflict →
Keeping girl babies alive is conflict prevention on a global scale It’s been known for years that there’s a massive disproportion of boy children now alive compared to living girl children in some countries. The preference for boy children – as heirs, as more economically advantageous, and as more socially desirable – has long put girl babies and female fetuses at risk. The trend continues, even among modern families. Preference for boys over girls has been deplored on the basis of law, morality, equal rights, human security and responsibility to… Read more Keeping girl babies alive is conflict prevention →