Tom Fediuk

Advocatus Diaboli

dev·il’s advocate (dĕv′əlz) n. [Translation of Medieval Latin advocātus diabolī] American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of the cause or position. Roman Catholic Church – An official formerly appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification. Those who know me would say that I enjoy a […]

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Trigger Warnings and Micro-aggressions

*This post may (probably does) contain material that may be emotionally disturbing. Be advised Trigger warnings and micro-aggressions are the latest craze in our U.S. society (see here for a review from the Atlantic). Briefly, professors are now being criticized for assigning materials or presenting information that may trigger undesired emotional responses in the student. Whatever the intentions of the originally conceived warnings, this concept has morphed to include any idea that is in opposition to

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I read the news today, oh boy…

I am an avid news reader and follower of current events. It is part of my training in issues and crisis management: watch what is going on, consider implications, and create strategy. Today, I am sparked by an article in the Guardian regarding too much choice. I have to say that I am concerned. The science of behavioral economics is sound (and fascinating – it will be a recurring topic on this blog). Humans are influenced by a

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