In the previous post, I noted the symbolic power of the white lab coat, not only to those wearing it, but also to those in the presence of one wearing the symbolic vestment. The symbolic effects – such as enhanced performance on cognitive tasks and increased status have a largely positive outcome for all. But… Continue reading
The Magic of White Lab Coats (Part 1)
White lab coats make a fashion statement. In their purest form, they are ceremonial dress with deep symbolic connections. Mid-calf length, white, with side pockets, left side breast pocket, often stiffly starched, and complete with blue embroidered status identification, the lab coat is a symbol in medicine and science. Wearing a white lab coat provides… Continue reading
Theories and Opinions
My concern today is confusion over theories and opinions. To many, a theory is an unproven idea, a hunch, or speculation. In science, theory has quite a different meaning, it is a comprehensive explanation supported by a considerable body of evidence. First, a scientific theory is a comprehensive theory, one that is applicable to a… Continue reading
Why Another Blog?
Some estimates suggest that there are nearly 300 million blogs out there. That is one blog for every person in the US or one blog for every 20 or so people on this planet. So why another one? 1. To provide new data and analysis rather than simply rehashing old news. I take on current… Continue reading