Head in the Clouds: When The Picture in Your Mind is Not Reality

Forming The Thread

Okay, here’s a bit of weird news to close out the week:  “Couple Plans Dolphin-Assisted Birth.”  Adam and Heather Barrington of North Carolina have traveled to Hawaii to plan a dolphin-assisted birth at the Sirius Institute.  Seriously?  Why?

Apparently, this is some kind of New-Age, “natural-childbirth” thing.  “Dolphin-assisted childbirth is an option that some expectant parents are embracing, claiming it is a more natural, relaxing way to deliver a baby,” reports Marc Lallanilla in a story for CBS News.

Okay… I think a review of the term “natural” is in order here.

Human = ground-dwelling omnivorous primate.  In our “natural” state, we are hunter-gatherers and sometimes we are meals for things like lions and tigers and bears.  Sure, we can swim (most animals can), but we don’t hang out in the ocean all that much as our primary operating environment.  It would actually be more “natural” to…

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