Saturday, 18 October 2014

Emil Freireich & Authority

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The statement below was allegedly made by Emil Freireich, one of the pioneers of Modern Oncology, to his students about drugs he helped concoct to make cancer patients better.

“One of the consultants at the clinical center was a man named Max Wintrobe,” Freireich said. “He was world-famous because he wrote the first textbook of hematology, and he had written a review of the current state of the treatment of leukemia in children. I have a quotation from him that I show my students to this day. It says, ‘These drugs cause more harm than good because they just prolong the agony. The patients all die anyway. The drugs make them worse, so you shouldn’t use them.’ This was the world’s authority."

Gladwell, M (2013): David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants; Allen Lane.

When an authority tells you whatever you are doing is wrong, they are usually right. Most times, that is. But there are few times when they get it wrong. One of the gifts I personally desire most is to know when someone is talking nonsense regardless of who they are and what kind of words they are using. In short,  I would prefer to hear the truth from a mad man than falsehood from an authority.

 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Neoliberalism and its Endpoint

Greed is stopping human evolut by devianteles

Paul Verhaeghe wrote in the The Guardian this week that “an economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities”. Thus he began his attack on neoliberalism and it’s offspring – selfishness, materialism,  and cruelty.

Paul Verhaeghe’s write-up is a type of article that doesn’t get written often and I recommend a read.

However on the issue of neoliberalism, think of it: if you base your economy and  way of life on something similar to strong-eat-weak pseudo-freedom  style of thinking, what do you get? Animals. No surprise there.




What About Me?: Jane Hedley-Prôle, Paul Verhaeghe: Books

ISBN: 1922247375
ISBN-13: 9781922247377


@Original Background Photo by Devianteles

Saturday, 27 September 2014

What Is It That You Want?

Gon: What is it that you want?

Ging: I guess its “something” that I can’t see in front of me…I'm enjoying the journey. So if our paths happen to cross in the future...You should enjoy the little detours. To the fullest. Because that's where you'll find the things more important than what you want.

Hunter x Hunter, Chapter 338 & 339

Original Background Photo by Arkady Nekozukii

 

 




Hunter X Hunter, Volume 1: Yoshihiro Togashi: Books

ISBN: 1591167531
ISBN-13: 9781591167532


 

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