Monday Links

  • An oral history of the March on Washington. Excellent. Just read it
  • Will Shared Decision Making (SDM) help patients and physicians communicate more effectively? Hopefully. But, as the article notes, sometimes all a patient wants is The Answer from their physician, not The Choices
  • This post makes some smart points about using religious connections to further aid dollars. I’ve come to believe that any significant aid effort in sub-Saharan Africa that doesn’t go through the Christian and Muslim communities misses an important information/social trust vector. What the post doesn’t talk about, though, is the need to prevent positive discrimination and how to ensure the un-churched still receive information/bednets/medicines/etc.
  • Here’s an example of an article with a main point that’s reasonable and valid, but shredded by its own poorly-constructed arguments. The article pulls out two terrible lines of argument: the “Winston Churchill was a fat, cigar-smoking drunk and he lived to be 90; therefore…” and “Past societies venerated fat people, therefore…” to prove that obesity shouldn’t be classified as a disease. I’m a little surprised  The Atlantic ran it
  • The protege effect – someone who teaches others knows more about the topic him/herself

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