I am distraught as I see the results of the senatorial elections. How can we, as a nation, choose ________, _______, _______ (fill in the blanks) over qualified candidates who understand law crafting, a job that’s highly cerebral and requires high moral integrity? I cannot seem to make sense out of this. Even if I immerse myself in the use of the principles of Behavioral Economics (fusion of traditional Economics and Psychology) and know that we use our limbic brain first, then rationalize later with our pre-frontal cortex, things still don’t add up. Then I remember this article written a couple of years ago that facts don’t change people’s minds. (Click link) The human mind is just way too stubborn that even hard cold facts won’t change what it believes. Remember confirmation bias that I’ve discussed in previous articles and FQwentuhans? It is a cognitive impartiality that favors information that confirms with our previously existing beliefs. … [Read more...] about Indeed: Facts don’t change people’s minds!
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A tan may not be the only thing you are getting when you bask in the sun. In Singapore, skin cancer is among the top 10 cancers for men and women, with the most common subtypes being basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma - and the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays you soak up play a key role in their development. Between 2013 and last year, there was a 60 per cent increase in new patients being diagnosed under the age of 50. While it is most prevalent in the elderly, more are being diagnosed at a younger age. With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Dr Shang Yeap, a specialist in medical oncology at Icon SOClooks at the most common misconceptions Singaporeans have about skin cancer. Myth #1: If I wear sunscreen, especially one with high SPF, I am not at risk for skin cancer Fact: You need to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both harmful UVA and UVB, with at least SPF30. In addition, you need to wear sun protection clothing as well as use hats and … [Read more...] about Busted: Myths about getting skin cancer
(Reuters Health) - Suicide is the only cause of death that is higher among doctors than the general population, according to two Canadian physicians who coauthored an information sheet about physician suicide.In particular, male doctors are 40 percent more likely than members of the general public to die by suicide, and the risk to female doctors is more than doubled, they wrote in CMAJ."In residency training, my interest in this was personal and became professional after I talked to others and realized I wasn't the only one dealing with (depression)," Dr. Sarah Tulk of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario told Reuters Health by phone. "It was such a relief to find out that I wasn't the only one struggling."Tulk and co-author Dr. Joy Albuquerque of the Ontario Medical Association's Physician Health Program wrote the information sheet to highlight five facts about physician suicide.First, they note, suicide is an occupational hazard for doctors. Depression, suicide and suicidal … [Read more...] about Experts share facts about physician suicide
By Star wire services Thu., May 9, 2019 Canadian animator Steve Angel recognizes the irony that his cartoon about censorship was, itself, censored. The co-owner of Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation produces interstitial musical shorts for The Good Fight, a ripped-from-the-headlines legal drama on the U.S. streaming service CBS All Access. Angel says he and Jonathan Coulton, an American who writes and performs the songs on which the cartoons are based, are typically given free rein to caricature the news of the day. But on a recent episode of the show, a segment that referenced censorship in China was replaced with an eight-second placard reading, “CBS has censored this content.” In a statement, CBS All Access said: “We had concerns with some subject matter in the episode’s animated short. This is the creative solution that we agreed upon with the producers.” A spokeswoman declined to comment further. Article Continued Below Angel … [Read more...] about CBS censors The Good Fight cartoon about Chinese censorship
YANGON: Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed on Tuesday (May 7) months after being sentenced to seven years in jail on convictions under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.The two were arrested in December 2017 while working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and Buddhist civilians in western Myanmar's Rakhine State.The conviction of Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, in September last year sparked an outcry from diplomats and press freedom advocates, who said the jailing of two young reporters raised questions about Myanmar's progress toward democracy.During more than 500 days behind bars, their reporting on a military crackdown in Rakhine State was recognised with international awards and they were named by Time magazine as its "Person of the Year" alongside other journalists last year.Here are some key facts about the two journalists, who had been detained since Dec 12, 2017:WA LONEWa Lone, 33, was born … [Read more...] about Key facts about Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo