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The current management of skin cancer in the UK and many countries is based on what might be termed a ‘corner shop’ model. Patients present to their general practitioner (GP) or to a single- handed dermatologist in office practice and either (i) are diagnosed as not needing further treatment because the suspect lesion is benign, […]

Musing on markets and health care, and what happens when literally it is your own skin at risk. The man had good insurance, and he and his family used it freely to provide him with as much comfort and care as possible. I can’t imagine they’d have acted differently were they paying out of pocket. […]

Oct 13, 2012

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One does not automatically enhance learning by making learning fun—by making it pleasurable. Nor does one enhance learning by making it materially rewarding (a fact amply demonstrated by the failure of recent efforts to improve student performance with often substantial material incentives). Book review in Science by Barry Schwartz of Beyond Pleasure and Pain How Motivation Works by E. Tory […]

Oct 04, 2012

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Education is a double-edged sword. You have to start where people are, but if you stay there, you’re not educating. The ever insightful Alan Kay.

Oct 02, 2012

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With Donald Clark, I agree. What actually happens is that the extrovert quickly volunteers to be the chair (or becomes chair by default as no one else can be bothered), the table spends too long deciding what the ill-formed question actually means or shoots off on obscure tangents, the question forgotten. The chair then feeds […]

Oct 01, 2012

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Nicholas Carr has a really good piece on MOOCs and online learning here, and a very nice distillation of many false (technological) dawns here. Quote from the latter Phonograph: In an 1878 article on “practical uses of the phonograph,” the New York Times predicted that the phonograph would be used “in the school-room in training children to read properly […]

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