Pack in what you pack out apparently does not apply to astronauts. While it may seem irresponsible of humanity to leave our junk on extraterrestrial landscapes, it is rather costly to bring it all back. Every pound of stuff we bring back requires that much more fuel. We need more fuel to carry that fuel. … Continue reading There is human vomit on the moon
Gender is something people become aware of at an early age. As soon as children can form complex ideas about the world, they begin to assign themselves and others a gender, and these ideas are frequently not congruent with the expectations many others have. Like all things biological, gender is messy. For the sake of … Continue reading Gender is taught, but also is not.
I was surprised the other day while rounding on patients in the hospital that two of my fellow interns stated that they would opt out of the COVID-19 vaccine. They were afraid that it was not tested enough to guarantee there would not be long term consequences for them.
In my unconscious mindwhat will I find?A depth of perception?A constant reflection?Or something far more benign?Below a thought's surfacewill I find a purpose?(How different are my thoughts that those of a porpoise?)Deep in my innerswill I find a child?or something more freewheeling, randomized, wild? During medical school, aside from being taught that Sigmund Freud's theories … Continue reading What came first? The chicken or the id?
When we are speaking to others, what they understand is only partially influenced by our intended meaning. A large part of receiving information is subject to one's emotional state, attention to the details of our speech, current thoughts, ability to understand our words, and especially what the receiver expects us to be saying.
Doing scientific research on medical treatments helps us to know whether or not they work. That seems obvious, but there are times when a scientist may not want to test whether or not something works. Let me explain. It may seem obvious that we should not conduct medical experiments on treatments like castration for depression. … Continue reading By the numbers: when you should NOT do the experiment.
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are often perceived something like "Grossly Monstrous & Odious." What are they anyway? Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Strict definitions of GMOs usually refer to transgenic organisms: those that have had a gene from other species inserted into them. The techno name for changing DNA is mutagenesis, but transgenic mutagenesis not … Continue reading What does GMO-free mean?
The short answer is: the frequently false should be treated as entirely false. If you have to use a ton of time trying to find the truth in the haystack, then in the process of trying to find it, you are most likely to get soaked in conspiratorial, factless dribble. Move on. The problem with … Continue reading Is there a little truth in everything?
The pandemic we have isn't the one we wanted, but we weren't prepared for that one either. Most of the reports below predict an influenza pandemic because that is what happened before. The main points are just as relevant to the pandemic we have, and they consistently echo that we were not prepared even for … Continue reading Largely ignored reports predicted the sh*t-storm that is happening now
One of the principles that drives my curiosity is that the first and second (and third) thing I think is likely wrong. Driving past this insecurity into a confident stance of ignorance is hard. At the foundation is accepting my failures is using them as a springboard toward my next magnificent failure. When I am … Continue reading I am almost never right: a doctor admits how he thinks