Weekend update

The FEHBlog has a great weekend capped off by watching the Washington Redskins defeat the Chicago Bears. Our quarterback is back!  On the way home from the Fedex Field, the FEHBlog noticed his first FEHBP Open Season ad in a subway car. It’s like seeing the first robin of spring. Open Season begins on November 11 and ends on December 9 this year.  Until OPM posts its Open Season website, folks can find 2014 benefits information on plan websites. OPM’s plan information website provides links to plan websites. 

The Senate is in recess this week while the House is in session according to the Hill’s Floor Action blog. The FEHBlog can’t understand why Katherine Archuleta’s nomination as OPM Director remains stalled before the Senate. Meanwhile, Elaine Kaplan, whom the Senate has confirmed to be a U.S. Claims Court judges, remains at her post as acting OPM Director. (There currently is no OPM Deputy Director).

The FEHBlog enjoys reading the weekend issue of the Wall Street Journal. He noticed this feature article on the brain. Here’s how it begins:

Who hasn’t heard that people are either left-brained or right-brained—either analytical and logical or artistic and intuitive, based on the relative “strengths” of the brain’s two hemispheres? How often do we hear someone remark about thinking with one side or the other?
A flourishing industry of books, videos and self-help programs has been built on this dichotomy. You can purportedly “diagnose” your brain, “motivate” one or both sides, indulge in “essence therapy” to “restore balance” and much more. Everyone from babies to elders supposedly can benefit. The left brain/right brain difference seems to be a natural law.
Except that it isn’t. The popular left/right story has no solid basis in science. The brain doesn’t work one part at a time, but rather as a single interactive system, with all parts contributing in concert, as neuroscientists have long known. The left brain/right brain story may be the mother of all urban legends: It sounds good and seems to make sense—but just isn’t true.

Thought provoking, no?

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