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Nov 26, 2012

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John Ioannidis has been very successful in pointing out what had been  hidden in plain sight: we should assume that many— if not most— publications about therapy, including RCTs, are wrong. Here he shows his pen can muster a lovely turn of phrase. He is reviewing ‘Seeking Sickness’ by Alan Cassels in Lancet Oncology. The […]

Nov 17, 2012

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Humans compute and transfer nongenetic information between generations, creating a longitudinal intelligence that is unlike anything else on Earth. The data links that hold the structure together in time swell rhythmically to the frequency of human regeneration. This is education. He writes, about his father who was a teacher: Adding to an already rich life, my […]

Nov 15, 2012

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On the usually sound principle that there is nothing in UK medicine that can’t be made worse by the involvement of the General Medical Council Nigel Hawkes in the BMJ last week.

Nov 11, 2012

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John Naughton (rightly in my view) arguing that the current online bubble will leave the ‘high status’ colleges largely alone. Hmmm… I think I’d read this as Round Two of the 1999-2000 fantasies about online education. It smacks of Fathom.com. But the movement started by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrunn will eventually have a disruptive […]

John Naughton in today’s Observer, commenting on the merger of Penguin and Random House. Ho, ho. In the long view of history, the Bertelsmann-Pearson deal will be seen as just the latest instalment of a long-running story: a tale of formerly dominant industries trying to prevent their venerable business models being dismantled by the internet. The […]

The title is from Rich DeMillo. I do not know whether the analogy is correct, but it is enlightening, and I like the skunkworks metaphors. In another post, Tony Bates lists some of the funding going into Ed Tech companies this year: According to the National Venture Capital Association, a staggering $463 million has already been […]

Much biomedical research bores me. All too often it is either dull risk factorology (i.e. most epidemiology) or, as for so much cell biology and biochemistry, endless chasing of one molecule causing another molecule to change and, in turn, alter yet another molecule. The cascade goes on: there are lots of molecules after all. It […]

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