Thinking About Thinking

train_whistleAn article compiled by Charles Apple titled “Blowing the Whistle,” published in the Orange County Register, caught my attention; something about the title piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know if the article was about coaching sports, train whistles, reporting ethical violations, design concepts, material selection, or manufacturing. The article is visually appealing, well organized, easy to read, and contains a few words that immediately caught my attention.  Shortly after I started reading the article, I began remembering parts of a Star Trek episode I had seen a decade earlier. Although the article and Star Trek episode address completely different topics, one theme ties them together – decision making – a concern of many brain injury survivors.

When I began research for this post, I had read “Blowing the Whistle” several times, but I had nothing more than a partial memory of the Star Trek episode. I wanted to watch the episode again, but I quickly realized I couldn’t find the episode without knowing a little more information such as series name, episode title, star date, plot, captain name, star ship name, character names, and species name. I am not a Trekkie. I watched some of the original series as a child, but I do not recall making any attempt to watch the newer series, memorize plots, learn character names, speak the Klingon language, or attend any conference dressed as my favorite Star Trek character. I needed help finding the episode, so I called a few friends, sent a few messages, and visited a few websites in the hope that I would find a Trekkie who knew the episode. Just as I began thinking my vague recollection of an episode was nothing more than a false memory, Wendy offered to ask a few of her friends if they could identify the episode based on the sketchy details I provided. Thanks to Wendy, Peter, Branden, and Allen for their help. Within what can only be described as a record-setting speed, I had the title and knew where to find a video of the entire episode.


  1. What triggers your thought process?
  2. How do you remember your thoughts?
  3. Does thinking about a topic help you remember something about the topic?
  4. What helps you reconstruct (remember) your forgotten memories?
  5. How can your network of family and friends improve you recovery process?
  6. How do you build a bigger network?
  7. How do you strengthen your network?

Thanks to Charles Apple who compiled the article titled “Blowing the Whistle” which was published in the Orange County Register. Thanks to CBS Entertainment, CBS Studios, the writers, actors, actresses, and all the other people who were involved in creating and filming the Star Trek episode I wanted to find. Thanks to Wendy, Peter, Branden, and Allen for their efforts in identifying the Star Trek episode.


    1. The article compiled by Charles identified facts about people who spoke out against their supervisors, managers, and leaders. The article caused me to think about the ethics of reporting a superior and that thought reminded me about a Star Trek episode I had seen many years ago. If you liked this post, you may want to read the post titled “Thinking About Ethics.”

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