The Laws of Medicine

Field Notes from an Uncertain ScienceBy: Siddhartha MukherjeePublished: 2015 Read: 2020 Summary: Despite the increasing accuracy of medical tests and other advances, much of modern medicine still takes place under conditions of incomplete information and uncertainty, partly because more complex

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The Drive with Peter Attia — Siddhartha Mukherjee

On:New frontiers in cancer therapy, medicine, and the writing process Episode: 32 Date: December 2018Background: oncologist, researcher, and author of the “The Gene”, “The Laws of Medicine”). Key Subjects: Rules of writings:No long stretches of science without a human element

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Conversations with Tyler — Reid Hoffman

On: Systems, Levers, and Quixotic Quests. Episode: 85 Date: January 2020 Background: Internet entrepreneur (PayPal, LinkedIn), venture capitalist and author. Key Subjects: System thinking and change. Archimedean levers: how to most effectively change the system. Multiple means: ideas, incentives, culture,

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Conversations with Tyler — Slavoj Žižek

On: Stubborn Attachment. Episode: 84 Date: December 2019 Background: Philosopher. Key Subjects: Liberal democratic capitalism is ill equipped to handle major complex challenges. Ecology (climate change), immigration, digital control (mass surveillance, etc.) Unlikely things will be fixed through marginal improvements

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The Master and His Emissary (Part 1)

The divided brain and the making of the Western worldBy: Iain McGilchristPublished: 2009 Read: 2020 Summary: The two hemispheres of our brain (left and right) differ in coherent neuropsychological, anatomical, physiological and chemical ways.Part 1 explores how differences between the left

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EconTalk — Iain McGilchrist

On: The Divided Brain and the Master and His Emissary. Episode: N/A Date: April 2018 Background: Psychiatrist and author of “The Master and His Emissary”. Key Subjects: Our brain is divided into two different hemispheres because every living thing has

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How Capitalism Changes Conscience

By: Jonathan Haidt In: Centers for Humans and Nature Date: 28 September 2015 Key Concepts: Our world is changing fast. Ecologically, economically, demographically, etc. Most of us are disoriented by these changes. Rapid changes change our ethics. “Most important graph

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Homeostasis and Gauss Statistics

Barriers to understanding natural variability. By: Bruce J. West In: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice Date: 11 March 2010 Key Concepts: Most decision making revolves around pattern recognition [prediction]. Data => information => patterns => knowledge, models. Comparing patterns

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The Precautionary Principle

(with Application to the Genetic Modification of Organisms) By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Rupert Read, Raphael Douady, Joseph Norman, Yaneer Bar-Yam In: EXTREME RISK INITIATIVE, NYU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING WORKING PAPER SERIES Date: 17 October 2014 Key Concepts: Precautionary principle: preventing

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The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

How risk taking transforms us, body and mind.By: John Coates.Published: 2012 Read: 2019 Summary: Complex interactions and feedback mechanisms between the body and the brain evolved to maintain health and prepare us for movement. Especially in situations that require fast

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