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Have I Officially Become an Economist Now?

In a recent Huffington Post article, I was described as a Duke University economist. I’m sure the economic community would like to make very clear that I am not one of its members. The same goes for most communities, as … Continue reading

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Want More Proof That Correlation Is Overrated?

And if that isn’t good enough? End of topic!  Click to view comments   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on … Continue reading

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A Reminder That Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

I think this picture just about covers it: Click to view comments Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

  “Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.” – Helen Keller   (Click to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with Stumblers … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“If we can understand autism, we can understand the brain.” Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel (Click here to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it … Continue reading

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Who Hated Domestic Policy More: John Kennedy or Richard Nixon?

In an earlier post, I wrote about JFK’s disdain for domestic politics, and how such disdain doomed his lackluster efforts to pass Medicare legislation.  As it turns out, Richard Nixon, the man he defeated in the 1962 Presidential Election, held … Continue reading

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The Most Uninformative Holiday Family Newsletter Ever

Tired of all those family newsletters that inundate you with overwhelming detail on all the amazing accomplishments of your friends’ children? I thought I would address that issue, in my latest edition of my own family newsletter. Hope you enjoy: … Continue reading

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An Embarrassingly Unscientific New York Times Op-Ed on Music and Success

A recent New York Times op-ed by Joanne Lipman poses the question: “Is music the key to success?”  As a serious amateur musician, I have long credited my half-way respectable pianistic accomplishments to the discipline I gained practicing Chopin etudes, and even to … Continue reading

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People May Choose Boring Jobs If They Don’t Think They Are Being Paid Enough For a Challenge

Most people would say they would prefer to work in a job with interesting and fulfilling opportunities. But new research shows that people may pick a boring job over a stimulating one if they perceive they aren’t being paid enough … Continue reading

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Does Larry Summers Have the Social Intelligence to Be Federal Reserve Chair?

I know, I know: I usually write about health and healthcare; why should anyone care about my opinion on whether Larry Summers should be Federal Reserve Chair? As it turns out, my work on doctor/patient communication has given me insight … Continue reading

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