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07/15/2014

Hello, From Michigan!

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07/11/2014

How To Tell Someone That She Is Dying

Elizabeth’s breast cancer had already spread to her bones and was now invading lymph nodes in her right armpit, causing painful swelling that kept her up at night. Today, however, as she walked into her oncologist’s office, Elizabeth felt like … Continue reading

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07/07/2014

Don’t Cry for Me, Doctor Tina?

Okay, worst blog post title of the year. But just trying to grab your attention and point you towards a nice USA Today article on doctors and emotional intelligence. “Tamir Mosharrafa, a plastic surgeon in Phoenix, recalls the 20-something woman … Continue reading

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06/27/2014

More Cause-and-Effect Hilarity

Recently I have posted several entertaining pictures revealing the dangers of assuming that correlation implies causation. A lot of these pictures are housed on this fascinating website. Meanwhile, here’s another one I had to pass along: This can’t be coincidence, … Continue reading

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06/26/2014

Is the Nutritional Supplement Industry Feeding You Bull Balls for Breakfast?

My patient had been feeling unusually irritable lately.  Nothing had changed in his home or work life to bring on such a shift in mood.  He wasn’t taking any medicines that could cause such symptoms either, being a strappingly healthy … Continue reading

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06/25/2014

The Power of Comparison

In a wonderful article on deep cave exploration, Burkhard Bilger shows how powerful comparison can be in putting an unfamiliar topic into context. He is describing the arduous work involved in deep cave exploration. He is describing the risks of … Continue reading

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06/24/2014

How Bankers Use Other People’s Money

I came across an interesting quote in the New Yorker recently, reflecting on the US banking system. It reads: The power and the growth of power of our financial oligarchs comes from wielding the savings and credit capital of others. The … Continue reading

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06/23/2014

Provocative Words on Robots

Oscar Wilde is one of the most quotable people in history of the English language. He even had ideas about robots, many decades before people had any idea what robots could achieve. And in typical Wildean fashion, he provocatively tied … Continue reading

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06/20/2014

A Cool View of Music

Leibniz once described music as an “occult exercise in mathematics performed by a mind unconscious of the fact that it is counting.” As someone currently working through some late Beethoven piano masterpieces, this description makes a lot of sense to … Continue reading

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06/19/2014

Obamacare Hasn’t Scared Away Insurers

Interesting picture on the Vox website from Sarah Kliff, showing an increase in the number of health insurance companies planning to compete on the exchanges next year: So much for the rumors that Obamacare will quickly kill the health insurance … Continue reading

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