Category Archives: Medicine

Daydream Believer

Today’s NY Times describes research (funded by Eli Lilly of course) that identifies a condition called Sluggish Cognitive Tempo.  SCT is supposedly characterized by “lethargy, daydreaming, and slow mental processing.” The research suggests (no surprise) that drugs might be useful … Continue reading

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Defining normal

Two interesting articles in the 6 February 2013 of the New York Times raise the question of how we categorize people according to their position on the spectrum of human variation. First, in The Stone series, philosopher Gary Gutting talks … Continue reading

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Placebo effects

Dumbo and Timothy Mouse-The Magic Feather I’m fascinated by placebo effects. Here are two recent topics that illustrate the power of placebo effects, and the challenge of interpreting whether drugs have the effects that are meant to have (over and … Continue reading

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