Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt; Deas and Other Imaginings.

Tradition is no Excuse for Cruel, Harmful Behavior like the Faeroe Islander Dolphin Slaughter

It’s time to stop excusing cruel, unjust or destructive practices simply because they are traditional.  This week, people from the Faeroe Islands, an autonomous territory within Denmark, hunted down a pod of 1428 white-sided dolphins, highly intelligent social animals. The … Continue reading

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Can you Count on Social Security as Part of Your Retirement? Yes. Here’s Why.

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Social Security is in better shape than most people think. As a young adult—almost forty years ago—I assumed that Social Security would be bankrupt by the time I was ready to retire. That was the word on the street. Today … Continue reading

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No, Prosperity and Economic Growth Don’t Require Population Growth – With Robots and AI, the Opposite May Be True.

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Recent depopulation alarmism serves wealthy investors, not ordinary people. Many people assume that population growth is key to a flourishing economy. But if what you care about is the prosperity of ordinary families and individuals, that isn’t true. In his … Continue reading

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A Dozen Ways a Smaller, Older Population Might be Awesome

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We have lots of reasons to look to a changing demographic future with curiosity and optimism. While many of us fret about unaffordable housing or traffic jams caused in part by population pressures, a trending chorus of depopulation doomsaying laments … Continue reading

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Ten Thought Patterns that Trip Up Former Bible Believers

Perhaps it’s been years or even decades since you left biblical Christianity behind. You may have noticed long ago that there are human handprints all over the Good Book. It may have dawned on you that popular Christian versions of … Continue reading

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