Tag: Medicine


Time to Start Using Ecstasy?

I am a drug user, and I’m not afraid to admit it. In fact, I think if more people could get more comfortable with drug use, a great deal of needless pain and suffering could be avoided. Okay, I’m referring to my occasional use of prescription-strength naproxen for headaches and a statin to lower cholesterol – not marijuana (legal or otherwise), or whatever else you may have thought I meant. To be clear, though, I’ve used opioids, the same stuff that makes heroin all that it is, for weeks at a time......

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Empathy, Cruelty and Extremism: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 9-13), we examined a book about humanizing the innovation process, an app that’s enabling cruelty, a story on parenting while overwhelmed, and a semantics debate around terrorism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Empathy as a Business Model – Irwin Kula Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. The e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. These smart essays,......

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Parents Who Mistrust Vaccines

I found myself quite engaged recently while reading a deeply personal, highly moving piece in the Washington Post, “Why Parents Want to Believe in a Vaccine Conspiracy.” That headline on Susan Senator’s essay drew me in, as it certainly signals that parents averse to immunizations are misguided and even self-deceptive. On the other hand, the author at least engages the error-riddled thinking of those whose views she explains… or is that, explains away? By explaining why people would trust unsubstantiated conspiracy theories as a means to coping with the pain of raising......

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Is the New Alzheimer's Blood Test Too Much Information?

A new blood test can predict with 90% accuracy whether or not a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the next three years. Details can be found in the just published edition of Nature Medicine, where this test is being hailed as “a real step forward”. But is it? Do we really want to know that we will suffer from this terrible illness years before we actually become noticeably symptomatic, or is this a terrible case of TMI – too much information? My guess is that this is one of those things......

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