Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Solving the War on Drugs?

Ultimately, the solution to the drug problem might be the solution to the problem of life, which is how to navigate our time here with minimal suffering. Unfortunately, the policy that offers that solution will be not a drug policy but an existential one, and it remains as elusive as ever. Graeme Wood in The […]

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Quotation of the Day

“When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”   Picture hat tip to Wages of Wins.

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Quotation of the Day: On Education Research

Although I am not an expert on current methods used to evaluate options for teaching children, Richard Feynman does a good job of explaining why education successes are often difficult to generalize to a broader population.   …take education. Some guy comes along and he sees the way people teach mathematics and he says, “I […]

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“Child Pornography is Great!”

What is it great for?  Censorship.  A book called The Pirate Organization quotes  a spokesperson for an intellectual property lobby in Denmark: Child pornography is great! It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that we can […]

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Unintended Irony

“I am the person…who irreversibly founded democracy in Haiti”. Signed: “Jean-Claude Duvalier, President for Life” From the insightful book, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

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On Parenting Children with Down Syndrome

All my friends had these children they thought were perfect, and then they’ve had to come to terms with their children’s limitations and problems. I had this baby everyone thought was a disaster, and my journey has been to find all the things that are amazing about her. A mother of a child with Down […]

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Quotation of the Day

He in his madness prays for storms,  And dreams that storms will bring him peace. Mihail Lermontov, as published in Family Happiness by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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Why Reducing Waste is Difficult

Identification of waste is difficult, but eliminating it is more difficult. Every dollar of waste is income to some individual or organization. – Victor Fuchs, from “Health Care Reform in the United States“

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The Truth is much too Complicated to Allow Anything but Approximations

I think that it is a relatively good approximation to truth — which is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations — that mathematical ideas originate in empirics.  But, once they are conceived, the subject begins to live a peculiar life of its own and is … governed by almost entirely aesthetical motivations. In […]

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Creativity

“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.” – John Cleese.

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