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[19 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Tom’s Dumb Vaccine Argument

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Last week I got into a heated argument with my friend Tom over vaccines.  Now, normally Tom is a very logical fellow.  But I should have been prepared for the discussion to turn ugly– vaccines being so pregnant with issues about justice, public goods, the role of the individual in society, and the role of government in our lives.  He even warned me going in about how he has soured friendship.  Hagwash I thought.  Any reasonable person could see the logic of my argument.  But nooooo.
I …

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[23 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Behavioral Economics and the Autism Debate

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Recently for my day job I have been reading up on behavioral economics as it relates to banking.  In my research I stumbled upon, of all things, an article on the autism-vaccine debate.
Behavioral economics concerns itself with the cognitive biases that impact how we make decisions, particularly in ways that diverge from rational choice theory, the foundation of classical economics.
Here is an example:
Suppose I tell you that you can drive 10 minutes down the street and purchase an iPhone for $400.  However, if you drive an …

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[9 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Searching For The Family Doctor

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Sir Author Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on Dr. Joseph Bell, a doctor for whom he worked.   Bell was renown for his power of observations and deductive reasoning.  He was highly sought after and Queen Victoria was one of his patients.  House, the character on the TV show by the same name, was based on Holmes, who oddly enough was based upon Dr. Bell.  
On a side note, the new BBC production of Sherlock ROCKS.

We all hope for a Dr. Bell when we see a …

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[17 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Going Mobile

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Yesterday the new bike I ordered arrived in the mail. Last year I bought a Gary Fisher Simple City when my mountain bike was stolen from work in NY. The Simple City is an amazing bike – based on a Dutch commuter bike. It was perfect for New York.

But the first week after moving to San Rafael, I took the bike out for a ride and could not even get it up our driveway. We live atop a very large hill in San Rafael and the …