CoS at biotech startup, healthcare consultant, minimalist, music addict, trivia buff | Editor of Medical Myths and Models & poems from the pandemic

No virtue signaling here

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Black communities have birthed so much beauty in the shape of sports, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, art, literature, culture, civil rights, and more. “Appreciation is a beautiful thing,” said Voltaire. “It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

We can’t forget that all of this beauty was…

The influence of social conditioning ties into the ongoing debate between free will and determinism. Are we simply products of our environment or do we exert some autonomy over our own lives?

The closing stanza of William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" argues strongly for the latter:

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

But as you allude to, any perceived control may in fact be illusory.

The insidious social behavior destroying our relationships

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Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, is well-known for his characterization of the mythical Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon where all the children are above average.

Along a similar but opposite vein, the majority of American smartphone owners believe their phone usage is below average, a statistical impossibility.

Crunching the Numbers

Nita Jain

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