Understanding science

Normative errors and Surgisphere

Last month, the New York Times profiled Dr. Sapan Desai, founder of Surgisphere, the company that supplied the data for two recently retracted studies.

Mental models

A few things worth sharing: 08-16-2020

I’m doing something a little different for this week’s email and highlighting a couple of things I thought were worth sharing.

Mental health

Robin Williams

This Tuesday marks the tragic anniversary of the death of Robin Williams.

Mental models

The power of no

“When you’re saying yes, you’re saying no to something else. Everything in life has a price.” — Ric Elias

Aging

How to find a good doctor

One of the most common questions I encounter, in one form or another, is “How can I find a good…

Nutritional biochemistry

Breakfast: a legacy of cereal…and sin?

Where did the idea of eating sugar-coated grains soaked in milk for breakfast come from?

COVID-19

COVID framework: How does this thing end?

I tried to explain to my 5-year-old son where we currently stand in this pandemic. His questions are the ones that truly matter right now.

COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 and the host response: psychological stress

I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of psychological stress and how it relates to our response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Understanding science

The importance of red teams

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Feynman

COVID-19

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

Originally written as an internal memo on April 15, 2020; updated and shared publicly on April 20

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