6 min read · 2020-03-04 · Computer scientists established a new boundary on computationally verifiable knowledge. In doing so, they solved major open problems in quantum mechanics and pure mathematics.
7 min read · From 2019 · By Aline Holzwarth When Isaac Newton put forth the three laws of motion more than three hundred years ago, he did something radical. It wasn’t his theories or the computations behind them that were so…
Humans are creatures of least resistance.
The status quo is a powerful force in human behavior, directly analogous to the inertia described by Newton’s first law of motion: force is necessary for a change in motion to occur.
This concept of “what are all the things I am giving up if I do X?” is known as the opportunity cost, and it’s a type of tradeoff that we often ignore.
5 min read · Aug 11th · After the horrors that health-care workers have endured during the pandemic, many are struggling to sympathize with people who won’t protect themselves.
The main reason the pandemic in the United States is not over is because people are not getting vaccinated.
By refusing the most effective intervention, people are risking not only their own life but the lives of many around them. That includes those who cannot get vaccinated—my children among them.
This friend is characterizing the inconsistency in the behavior she sees in people declining a vaccine but then demanding medical care based on the same science. That inconsistency feels, to her and to other dedicated medical professionals trying to survive this pandemic, very much like dishonesty.
Mar 24th · A new article published in the journal Nature is reporting promising results from a landmark Phase 1 human trial testing a novel vaccine designed to help a patient's immune system better target brain tumors. The data suggests the experimental vaccine is safe and stimulates a significant immune response that slows tumor progression. A larger Phase 2 trial is currently being planned.