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“Ours is a technologically proficient but emotionally deficient and inconsistent medical system that is best at treating acute, not chronic, problems: for every instance of expert treatment, skilled surgery, or innovative problem-solving, there are countless cases of substandard care, overlooked diagnoses, bureaucratic bungling, and even outright antagonism between doctor and patient.”

– Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/11/doctors-tell-alland-its-far-worse-than-you-think/380785/

“Engineers and doctors can perhaps be criticised for attaching too much weight to their own experience and personal observations.  They are often sceptical, not just of theory, but of data they have not themselves collected.  In contrast, most modern economists make no personal observations at all. Empirical work in economics, of which there is a great deal, predominantly consists of the statistical analysis of large data sets compiled by other people.”

– John Kay - The Map is Not the Territory: An Essay on the State of Economics
http://www.johnkay.com/2011/10/04/the-map-is-not-the-territory-an-essay-on-the-state-of-economics

“Fist-pumping motivational gurus have long claimed that your brain “can’t distinguish between reality and imagination”. Ironically, Oettingen’s experiments show they’re right about that – but also that the conclusion they draw is spectacularly wrong. Attempting to “experience your success as if it had already materialized” is a fast-track to disappointment.”

– How to be fitter, happier and more successful: stop dreaming and start getting real
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/oliver-burkeman-column/2014/oct/16/fitter-happier-more-successful-mental-contrasting