Dyson: Right. We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive. Where is the meaning? Only human beings can tell you where it is. We’re extracting meaning from our minds and our own lives. George Dyson
The solution to our health care crisis and yours is to have one administrator per patient, and 2 medicines per non-disease. Jeffrey Bernhard, 2011
Ian Dunn, a pro-vice chancellor at Coventry University, and one of the directors of the new university college, said: “The changes to higher education in 2012 mean everything needs to be re-thought. Many students will want to continue with the full university experience, the lifestyle experience, but there are increasing numbers of students who already […]
“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Niels Bohr via Computing Education Blog
All too true. But how far and how fast. A university education is still a prerequisite for entering some of the great guilds, such as medicine, law and academia, that provide secure and well-paying jobs. Over the 20th century these guilds did a wonderful job of raising barriers to entry—sometimes for good reasons (nobody wants […]
One of the biggest problems is that many/most learners don’t know enough about the world in general and subject matters in particular to make consumer kinds of choices that will really enrich them. Real education is much more about what learners *need* than what they *want*. Alan Kay Amen.
Is the title of a new book by Richard A DeMillo from Georgia Tech. His book is not published in the UK until later this month, but from his blog and interview he has some interesting things to say about Higher Education. His background is in computing — he was the first Chief Tech Officer […]
This is a new blog site and design for me. The deign and host in is by RoslinDesign here in Edinburgh. (see bottom of page for link). It will take me a day or two to pull over some stuff from my other sites and reorganise the content
Dalcanton’s Lemma of Proposal Writing: “It is nearly impossible to change a referee’s mind about something they think they already know”.
Scratching a little beneath the surface Itch is a major clinical problem and we do not have powerful and specific anti-itch drugs. My initial interest in itch was in how we might measure subjective itch as the objective state, scratch. This built on work undertaken by Sam Shuster many years ago. We started off with […]
Red hair is (not) dying out A lot of people email me asking about red hair. What is it due to, and what are the genetics underlying red hair. The following is meant as a summary. Inevitably I have simplified and shortened certain aspects so professional geneticists might disapprove of some of the phrases I […]
Like many people who qualified in the early 1980s research in genetics was both highly fashionable (and therefore fundable) and promising. After an MRC Training Fellowship with Chris Redfern in Newcastle I spent a year in Pierre Chambon’s rather large laboratory laboratory in Strasbourg. I learned a lot there including that I was not cut out to […]
Epistemology and evidence based medicine I dislike with a rare intensity much, if not all of the Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) movement. What started off as an important idea, namely that you cannot usefully predict from model systems up to man in a clinical context, has been hopelessly corrupted by a group with little knowledge […]
Man has only one means of discovery and that is to find likenesses between things (Jacob Bronowski) The dermatologist is a visual libertine seduced daily by the beauty of a rash (Sam Shuster) The images should take the place of the patients and the text should take the place of the teacher (von Hebra) “Explain, […]
DERMAGINEERING Although genetics once entranced me, I take the view that the subject’s impact on medicine (as compared with biology) will be more modest than many imagine. Genetics is a wonderful way to do biology but biology is not synonymous with medicine: getting this relation wrong is one of the reason much medical research is […]