Two Laptops and Fourteen Hours

Two monitors, two laptops, a mouse, keyboard, and six-pack sprawl before as moonlight filters through large windows behind me. It's three in the morning, and I am starving. I am a stickler for reusing electronics. To make a long argument very, very short: computers don't "slow down," software "gets fatter." If you re-purpose a machine…

A Dangerous Word: “Neurotypical”

Last Sunday, I came across a Tweet telling "neurotypical" people to screw off. After some Twitter-based research, I realized that the term has become a derogatory referent. As the name implies, "neurotypical" means people without known mental health disorders—the word appears to include both chronic and acute disorders, but with a bias towards chronic disorders.…

Classically Operant Conditioning: How Compulsions Form

An involuntary thought of a sexual act with a coworker constantly repeats in your head, and you begin to rapidly recite poetry. The thought of a disease crawling across packaged meat causes you to wear gloves at the grocery store. Imagery of charred family members results in fire extinguishers in every room of the house.…