What one thing wood improve education? Roger Schank on getting rid of classrooms Because they can’t do it. They knew it and I knew it. They don’t really want to fix education. They want to make schools function better. And schools have classrooms. And that my friends is the beginning and end of the problem.
There is a debate — like for many cancers — about whether much or all of the increase in melanoma rates reflects increases in ‘real melanomas’ or changes in diagnostic habits. I do not think the evidence is robust enough to decide absolutely. I wrote something in the BMJ many years ago on this topic […]
Richard Horton in this week’s Lancet writes Family practitioners in the US are facing extinction. In their place must come nurse-practitioners. Nurses are better educated to navigate and refer patients to specialists. They don’t have any illusions about managing complex illness. Their lower threshold for referral means less risk of missing diagnoses or delaying expert […]
Well my knowledge of Neanderthals is rather limited to the work showing that some of them would likely had red hair. But now a reviewer (Clive Gamble) in Nature of a book on Neanderthals states that” Wynn and Coolidge conclude that today, Neanderthals would be commercial fishermen or mechanics, based on their enormous strength and […]
A core argument nicely made by Richard DeMillo in the NYT Q. In your book, you talk about some of the recent online educational innovations, like iTunes U and M.I.T.’s OpenCourseWare. What are those going to mean to universities? A.What Chuck Vest did at M.I.T. with OpenCourseWare, putting every course online, free, showed that the value […]
The J of Invest Dermatol have an online supplement on Milestones in Melanocyte biology. My article is here. No paywall Intro is: The Genetics of Human Pigmentary Disorders Jonathan L Rees1 1Department of Dermatology, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK Correspondence: Jonathan L. Rees, E-mail: email@example.com 17 November 2011 | doi:10.1038/skinbio.2011.5 Interest in the genetics of […]
This time of hear everybody seems to want to know what units you have produced. Despite the various bits of software I always find it a chore. Anyway here goes for 2011 Rees JL, Harding, RM. Understanding the evolution of human pigmentation: recent contributions from population genetics. J Invest Dermatol 2012. In press Murray CS, […]
I have enjoyed quite a few of John Kay‘s books and writings. He busts a lot of myths about how business and the economy really work. A nice little quote in defence of some things that I do hold dear. The incoherence results from a political void. Europe’s political left lacks any convincing narrative in […]
One of the central memes of Rich DeMillo’s book ‘Abelard to Apple‘ is about what value Universities bring to their students. If the students pay, what are they paying for? The question is the same if the state pays. All too often it looks to me as though universities add very little value to their […]
I have been catching up with my pile of unread journals. I see the Economist ran a story on how skin-care advertisements are being hammered by ‘tough new rulings’. They quote an example, that of Rodial a British skin-care company who produce something called ‘Boob Job’. The claim (they report) is that this can increase […]
On why AI didn’t take off as he had hoped. We understand human mental processes only slightly better than a fish understands swimming John McCarthy. From an obit in the Economist of him and Dennis Ritchie.
Andrew Smith recounting memories of the late Professor Henry Miller. He refers to a patient who Miller had previously seen: “She didn’t trust professors, she said, and, when I told her Henry was now a professor, she said firmly in a tone which brooked no contradiction, “Oh, but he was a good doctor.” Remembering Henry, […]
We have put a pre-beta version of Spotnostic up on a University server. You can access it here. There are a few issues to sort out but medical students many find it useful even now.