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“Confident Quotations”! Conceived by Jim Murphy!
“All human societies make attempts to heal the sick. Such attempts – though variously successful – indicate that humans are aware of the suffering of the sick person and that the sick person is an individual with a mind. The noble and underappreciated profession of nursing best exemplifies this human trait.” – Ajit Varki and Danny Brower, Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origin of the Human Mind
A little bit about the source: Denial is book with an interesting, if not unique, background. Danny Brower died before publishing his idea, discussed once in a conversation and continued by Ajit Varki, that humans’ ability to deny the reality of death is a key factor in human evolution. The thesis has been probably correctly described as “unconvincing,” but the treatment is fascinating and scholarly, stimulating thought about highly significant issues. The quotation comes in the fourth chapter, in which examples are given of how humans have an advanced theory of mind. –Jim Murphy
We invite readers to submit quotations illustrating, promoting, or challenging the principles and issues covered in this blog.
–Jim Murphy has a solo consulting practice called Management 3000, focusing on organizational development and change management. Formerly he led the Massachusetts Bay Organizational Development Learning Group, was Human Resources Director for the City of Boston Assessing Department, and served as a consultant with the Boston Management Consortium. His consulting practice includes management coaching as well as research and writing on employee relationships, leadership, healthcare and collaborative practices. Having produced newsletters for several organizations and being a frequent content writer for the”Confident Voices in Healthcare” blog, he is interested in writing and research opportunities, as we all consulting and coaching. www.manage2001.com firstname.lastname@example.org