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Love That Has No Name

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My child — the child within me — loves dinosaurs, dragons, and robots. Today, nowadays, robots are the winners. Jurassic Park dinosaurs are for adventures on a razor edge and the adventure ends there. Dragons are for renting out powers like flying, fire-breath, and gentle menacing but then you have to cage them and get back to the everyday.

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Machines Like Us

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Every era, every generation seems to have its horrors.
 But none of them, past or present, equate. We are in a particularly rough patch: right-wind attitudes are moving to the forefront and the planet seems to be readying for death by human hands.

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Why Do We Call It Asperger’s?

murray schane state of mindI first encountered Carl, my wife’s cousin, in a high school biology class. He stood out because of his nearly white hair, eyes that were always staring past you, and a tendency to interrupt the class asking peculiar questions tangentially related to the topic being discussed—”why is a tadpole forced to become a frog?”

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One in Ten?

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While in Med school one of my friends, whom today one would call a “cis”—a totally straight guy, had a urological exam for prostatitis that involved prostatic massage. He bounced out of that clinic exclaiming, “Wow! Now I get why gay guys love anal sex.”

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When Can I Touch You?

murray schane state of mindWhile in high school I volunteered to read to the blind. The program assigned me to Robert, a pixie-ish young man who was a music student at the local college. Though he read braille fluently and books on tape were available, the texts he needed were only in print.

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Golfing While America Burns

murray schane state of mindTrump declared a national emergency, then flew off to Mar-a-Lago to play golf all day. Was that a Nero-fiddling-while-Rome-burns moment?

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The Gilded Age, Version 2019

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Between 1870 and 1900 the country was severely divided between the haves and the have-nots. Today the division is veering toward the have-too-much and the have-much-less. The social benefits programs—social security and welfare—and the growing plenitude of minimum wage jobs stave off the extremely abject poverty of that first gilded age.

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What to Do About Death

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A year ago my best friend died. As an MD I have, of course, been exposed to death, dying and the dead.

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Vaginal Folds

The Women’s March arrives today with its smarting edge of anti-semitism. No one should be surprised that leaders of a humanitarian cause do not believe in universal humanitarianism. Xenophobia is inherently human, though efforts to resist racism, sexism, and all such derisive and divisive attitudes should prevail. Women are not exempt.

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