My thoughts on most everything - work (Uber.com), health, tech, the financial markets & trading, music, books, life in general and crazy ideas I have from time to time. I will try to keep it interesting!
Yeah, i know, after the bird man hoax I don’t believe anything on YouTube but this looks legit. Maybe with lightweight solar at some point you could just pedal normally (and no hands) to really make the thing go places? Never bet against tech….
Some of you know I’m interested in health and the life sciences after having spent a few years with the company I founded (United Devices) helping big pharma companies do in silico drug discovery. Since I didn’t know anything about pharma or drug discovery when we first started I had to learn a lot in a short period of time. And, along the way, we even won a few awards for our work which I’m still very proud of.
What I learned was that we are still fairly ignorant about the functioning of our biological machines (e.g. our bodies) on a first principals basis. Of course we understand perfectly how to set a broken bone, but curing someone’s cancer is still beyond us outside of just trying to ‘carpet bomb’ the body with chemo and / or radiation therapy which only works because it is just slightly more effective at killing the cancerous cells than your normal cells. If Steve Jobs can’t beat cancer, trust me, we aren’t anywhere close to where we need to be with the science of the body.
So, from time to time I will be posting on health related topics and wanted to post a few things today.
It turns out that you can use more of your brain by letting it wander vs. keeping it focused intently on a particular problem at times. Personally, I think that old line, “Let me sleep on it.” is potentially more effective than continuing to dig for details once a natural pareto (e.g. the old 80/20 rule) has been reached.
Finally, it turns out you should listen to you feelings when making decisions as you end up making better decisions. This is my favorite quote from the article, “The larger lesson, then, is that our emotions are neither stupid nor omniscient. They are imperfect oracles. Nevertheless, a strong emotion is a reminder that, even when we think we know nothing, our brain knows something. That’s what the feeling is trying to tell us.”