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Jan 24, 2013

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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 […]

Jan 19, 2013

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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 […]

Jan 06, 2013

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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 […]

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