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Captain Kirk and the
value of not working in
a (figurative) vacuum

December 13, 2017

We’ve come a long way since the 23rd century. Back in those days, Captain Kirk’s “communicator” was nothing but a flip phone. Not only that. He used it to place voice calls, of all things. The ship’s computer answered to “Computer” and spoke in a monotone. Only in one episode did it sport a personality. [...]

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$11k and counting

December 5, 2017

Last week, digital asset broker Coinbase’s vice president and general manager of GDAX Adam White took the podium at the Consensus Invest Conference in New York City to extoll the performance of cryptocurrency. Later that evening, the news was everywhere: Bitcoin had surpassed the $10,000 mark. Of course, that’s old news. As I was preparing [...]

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Of placebos,
wine, and Eeyore

November 30, 2017

Most people know about the placebo response. Tell patients to expect to feel better following what they don’t know is a sham treatment, and, often, they will. Less known but equally powerful is the nocebo response, where telling patients they’ll feel worse can be just as self-fulfilling. Non-medical products can induce placebo and nocebo responses, [...]

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Grateful Act of Congress

November 20, 2017

THE FOURTH THURSDAY of November is a legal holiday in the United States. Designated as a national day of thanks, it is named, appropriately enough, Thanksgiving. Observing Thanksgiving in autumn has been around since the early 17th century. An act of Congress signed on October 6, 1941 established it as a legal holiday and designated [...]

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The “War on Cash”
(A Report from the Front)

November 17, 2017

DON’T THROW AWAY your cash just yet. If the International Currency Association (ICA) has its way, cash will never be found on the abandoned products pile next to the likes of eight-track tapes, dot matrix printers, and 16 ounces of coffee for under six bucks. The ICA, which came into existence last year and sometimes [...]

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