Live to the point of tears

Albert Camus

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What I’m Pondering

  • Improving medical student education through spaced repetition software → see Anki for Medical Education
  • Expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Defining a metamorality (in the words of Joshua Green) that allows humanity to escape the ravages of tribalism and “Us versus Them” mentalities, potentially by leveraging findings from functional MRI research
  • The psychological mechanisms underpinning nostalgia and its prevalence among different cultures throughout history
  • Extant evidence for the Dunbar Number and how it relates to the formation of better communities
  • The predominance of dextral (i.e., right-handed) gastropod shells in comparison with the predominance of right-handedness among human beings
  • The establishment of three-year medical school programs and their usefulness in addressing the primary care physician shortage
  • Decreasing student debt burden while increasing financial literacy
    • One salient idea: reduce annual tuition at public institutions to a flat rate (e.g., $10,000/year), which enters a trust fund composed of investment vehicles of the student’s choosing. (Among required courses in the first year would be finance and accounting.) Provided the student graduates within four years (an added bonus might be considered if they graduate in three years), they receive their trust fund back in full with any additional interested that has been accrued in that time. A delayed graduation would forfeit a particular amount of the trust fund (say, twenty-five per cent)
  • The role of alcohol in shaping human evolution (“the drunk ape” hypothesis) and societal progress (“the beer-before-bread” hypothesis). As Jay-Z mused, “blame it on the alcohol.”
  • The prevalence of Zipf’s law in various facets of nature and the presence of similar mathematical relationships
  • The correlation between economic inequality and quality-of-life measures
  • The presence of “thresholds” in various phenomena, including medications, the relationship between income and happiness, and the relationship between energy usage and well-being