Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt and Deas and Other Imaginings. Founder - www.WisdomCommons.org.

Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

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When it comes to freely-chosen parenthood, we sometimes miss the big picture. Imperfect people and imperfect contraceptives and imperfect pregnancy processes fail; and when they do, access to abortion is a moral good. Like health knowledge and birth control options, … Continue reading

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Imagine No Black Friday

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What if they called a consumer feeding frenzy and nobody came? This year a growing number of businesses are giving employees Thanksgiving Day off work rather than trying to beat out competitors by starting Black Friday on Thursday. Reversing a … Continue reading

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Top Eight Things You Can Do About Climate Change Right Now

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While California was approaching tinderbox conditions that erupted into catastrophic fires, an oil industry coalition led by British Petroleum was spending $30 million to persuade Washington State voters that dirty fuel producers shouldn’t have to pay a dump fee on … Continue reading

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People Love Miracle Stories. Why Not Play Along?

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So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.” ― L.H. Cosway, Six of Hearts The Conclusion of a 7-Part Series – Why … Continue reading

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How Unusual Events Trick Us into Believing in Miracles

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 “The really unusual day would be where nothing unusual happens.” –Persi Diaconis  Part 6 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 5 here.) One reason belief in miracles persists is … Continue reading

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Seven Kinds of Magical Thinking That Even Skeptics Can’t Escape

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Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.—Walt Disney Part 5 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Part 4 here) Magic takes us outside of reality, … Continue reading

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The Human Mind is Wired for Magical Thinking

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 “Nothing is so alien to the human mind as the idea of randomness.” —John Cohen Part 4 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 3 here.) Are you human? Then … Continue reading

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