I have a commentary on a nice paper on the accuracy of skin cancer diagnosis coming out in Acta. Opening paragraph below. Frank Davidoff, the celebrated US physician, has a telling metaphor for medical competence: he likens it to Dark Matter, the material physicists think makes up most of the Universe, and about which we […]
If young people who have played by society’s rules—working hard, for example, to graduate from school and university—find fewer and fewer opportunities to secure decent jobs and the sense of respect that comes with them, society will have to be prepared for outbreaks of anger or even violence. The evidence is already there in the […]
Aaron Swartz died last week. The Economist carries an obituary here. John Naughton has a post entitled ‘Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?’, and Philip Greenspun talks about him. I did not know Aaron, just of him. It is men like him who make the Ascent of Man. Every true intellectual strives to be […]
I posted before about this article GtZ acta (when it was an epub). Is is now out in paper and online form. As I said before the title is a little homage to John Naughton’t book here. Check out his earlier one too here. The review is not just about elearning, but attempts to set out some of […]
Two good posts here and here from Mark Guzdial ( and a lot of good comments too). The big thing for me is that it gets you thinking about what we do and what we need to do. I like Rich DeMillo’s account of a World Economic Forum member’s comments after listening to Daphne Koller speak Now […]
Here is a larger favourable review of my open access skin cancer textbook by John Paoli from the Univeristy of Gothenburg. Pdf copy of review here. The criticisms are all reasonable — some fixable, others not (at least within the current WP template)
Chuck Vest, the president of MIT, in a private communication to some faculty, once described MIT as “a no-praise zone”. My first week as an electrical engineering and computer science graduate student I asked a professor for help with a problem. He talked to me for a bit and then said “You’re having trouble with this […]
David Bailey Q & A in the Guardian Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? The children’s education.