Friday, September 6, 2019
Epidemiology, biomedical 'causation', and my widow-maker: how to make sense of it, and what terms to use
A s I've posted previously , I have been recovering from multiple bypass heart surgery. I had some angina, vague superficial chest p...
Friday, August 23, 2019
Worse than The Bridge at San Luis Rey!
T hornton Wilder's 1938 book The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a classic with a lesson for today that too many know but are in denial about...
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Beauty is bad for physics---and a blemish on life sciences, too!
W e naturally like tidy answers to our more fundamental, or even troubling, questions about Nature and existence. In genetics we want to fi...
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Locality: life's Newtonian equivalent of 'universality'
I n, 1687, in his groundbreaking Principia , Isaac Newton made a fundamental assertion--a fundamental assumption --about reality. It is tha...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Big Data, Big 'omics-everything....and the sorry state of biomedical research support
P eople on the federal grant take often speak of 'Big Data' with a nearly lascivious joy. Big Data is code for biomedical research ...
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Who, me?? Why did I clog my 'widow maker'? [on medical cause and effect...and how we know, if we know]
S o, having just returned from and now recuperating from coronary bypass surgery, I have to ask the 'complexity' question--a very pe...
Friday, August 9, 2019
Laura! Laura! Please don't do this!
I was, for the first time ever, a hospital inpatient a couple of weeks ago. As it turned out, because I knew what angina pectoris is, I we...
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