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Hello, From Michigan!

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The Power of Comparison

In a wonderful article on deep cave exploration, Burkhard Bilger shows how powerful comparison can be in putting an unfamiliar topic into context. He is describing the arduous work involved in deep cave exploration. He is describing the risks of … Continue reading

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Obamacare Hasn’t Scared Away Insurers

Interesting picture on the Vox website from Sarah Kliff, showing an increase in the number of health insurance companies planning to compete on the exchanges next year: So much for the rumors that Obamacare will quickly kill the health insurance … Continue reading

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If Costs Are Unknown, Can Doctors Still Talk About Them?

I have been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that … Continue reading

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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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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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