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Random finding (plus pi)

Random finding (plus pi)

The best part of parenting (so far)? Helping your kids overcome things you struggled with. It’s at least in the top 5.

Last Saturday my daughter came home from dance class—something she normally loves—and seemed upset. A bit of prodding led to the cause: a girl in her dance class told her she was “as fat as a hippopotamus.”  My first reaction (note to self: probably not the right one) was to laugh out loud, given that my daughter is probably in ...

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Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

In April I was part of a panel at the Milken Global Conference, the title of which was something like, “Keys to a healthier and more prosperous society.”  The panel was moderated by Michael Milken, and it was great to meet him and his rock-star staff (especially Shawn Simmons, Paul Irving, and Nancy Ozeas). The other panel members were seasoned vets of the obesity discussion: Troy Brennan (Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark), Tom Frieden (Director of ...

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Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

Two years ago I was having dinner with a good friend, Rik Ganju. Rik is one of the smartest people I know. And one of the most talented, too—a brilliant engineer, a savant-like jazz musician, a comedic writer, and he makes the best coffee I’ve ever had (I may even share the recipe). As usual I was whining to him about something. This time it was my frustration with what I perceived to be a lack of scientific literacy among ...

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Is there a way to exploit the metabolic quirk of cancer?

Is there a way to exploit the metabolic quirk of cancer?

One night, as I alluded to in this post, Tim and I were having dinner and the topic of cancer came up.  Personally and professionally I have a great interest in cancer, so when Tim asked if I could write something about cancer that was: (i) interesting to a broad audience, (ii) not technically over the top, (iii) not my typical 5,000 word dissertation, (iv) yet nuanced enough for his readers, I agreed to give it a shot, in ...

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A podcast to ring in the New Year

A podcast to ring in the New Year

Last month I did a podcast with Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino. It went up today on Vinnie’s website and here is a link to it.

The interview doesn’t start until about minute 17 or 18 of the podcast, so you’ll probably want to start there, if not a bit later (say, minute 20 or so) once the intro is over.  We talk about a lot of things, in particular, physical performance and fat adaptation. ...

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Got grit?

Got grit?

Last week a reader posted a link to this short talk from TED Talks Education. (You’ll want to watch it to understand the rest of the post.) I found the talk interesting, and in the talk Ms. Duckworth makes a reference to a Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, who has been very influential in my thinking about children and childhood learning.  In fact, when ...

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