Reasonableness, Aristotle Style

Table of Contents1 Political Labels Kill Thought2 The Bicameral Mind3 Decibel Level Not the Arbiter of Correctness I have spent a lot of time contemplating what has turned our culture from one in which topics could be discussed, acknowledgment could be made for parts of the opposing arguments which had merit, and indeed that people…

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Marmots* and “Evidence-Based” Medicine

While I understand the reasoning behind evidence-based medicine (EBM), common sense tells us that no rules are going to correctly fit a situation 100 percent of the time. We are all different. More importantly, the reduction of medical decision-making to a set of research-based findings destroys the real value of medicine, the story space between…

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Neural Networks and the Black Box

Table of Contents1 The Black Box2 AI Researcher Interviews3 Absolutes4 The Black Box Conundrum The excitement over deep learning and neural networks is well deserved, but the notion that artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of “deep learning” will replace the need for physician expertise is, I would suggest, a bit premature. Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.,…

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Between Authors and Editors

Table of Contents1 The Nature of the Interchange Between Editors and Authors1.1 Executive Summary1.2 Revision Research1.2.1 Table 1. Some Definitions Excerpted from Hayes et al. [12]1.3 Technical Communication Research1.4 Glimmers of a Meeting of Minds1.5 Defining Editing in the Workplace1.5.1 Table 2. Levels of Edit Excerpted from Van Buren and Buehler [8, 13-25]1.6 Substantive Editing…

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Why Would Couch Potatoes Read the Book “The Haywire Heart”?

[Exercise] is undeniably the best medicine there is for preventing a host of cardiovascular diseases….Its documented beneficial results would qualify it as a miracle drug if a pharmaceutical company could figure out how to bottle it….Can there be too much of a good thing? Quite possibly…. (p. xxxi)   Chris Case, John Mandola, MD, and…

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