What We Are Reading

February 11, 2012

Here’s some weekend reading, without the eye-straining bullet points this week! Thanks to Kevin Kelly, Gary Wolf, Ernesto Ramirez, Rajiv Mehta, and Daniel Reda.

Your Body Is an API: 9 Gadgets for Tracking Health and Fitness. Includes our Basis friends and other gadgets from CES.

Lifestream blog’s summary of the CES experience, including new health and fitness gadgets.

Harnessing experience: exploring the gap between evidence-based medicine and clinical practice. This fascinating paper describes the inevitable gap between “evidence based medicine” and actual clinical practice, and proposes an interesting idea, “evidence farming,” that acknowledges the range of available evidence beyond randomized controlled trials.

Ten years after its first publication, Welcome to Cancerland by Barbara Ehrenreich still has the power to explode your brain.

The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol. We’ve been looking forward to this one.

DIY science: should you try this at home? Somewhat alarmist but also lets the DIYers speak for themselves.

Fighting Willpower’s Catch-22: makes a good case for setting up your environment to avoid temptations.

Self-Regulation and Depletion of Limited Resources: Does Self-Control Resemble a Muscle? A great article that argues for flexing our cognitive muscle.

The Servant Leader and the Social Enterprise: “the only person to lead a people-first organization is a servant, because a servant’s natural inclination is service to others — not coercion — for the purpose of others’ growth, health, wisdom, freedom, autonomy, and benefit, and for that reason, in the future, the only truly viable institutions will be those that are predominantly servant-led.”

Does mood sharing make a difference? A very interesting set of comments from Moodscope users on sharing mood. Reading through them reveals interesting issues people have with sharing, like not wanting to burden others, feeling incentivized to fudge the data to seem better than it is, getting support they wouldn’t have found otherwise, and forming very close bonds.


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