LIfe: just a thought

If you want to get somewhere in life, no one is going to do the pushing for you. You have to push yourself.



There is no mental illness (or maybe there is)

Mad, or bad?Even in the decade of dissent, Thomas Szasz stood alone when he attacked the concept of madness from the political right

The case of Szasz. Read it carefully.


The end of sleep?

Following other posts (here and here) about sleep and all that it entails, here's an excellent article on the illusion and trendable movement towards living without sleeping, kind of.

The end of sleep?New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them


Content citizens

Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell

Reading suggestion

Another great piece about this that makes us humans. 

This is humankind: if my grandfather could survive the Siege of Leningrad and still distinguish between a German and a Nazi, then so can I


Liver disease in Canada: a crisis in the making

Here's a very interesting report on liver disease for the period of 2000-2007 in Canada.

Some striking figures:

The costs of treatment of liver disease are high. A course of treatment for hepatitis C may cost $20,000-70,000 depending on the subtype of the virus (genotype). Treatment of hepatitis B may cost between $7,000-9,000/year for 10-20 years or more. Drug treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma costs $6,000/month. Liver transplantation costs upwards of $100,000 per case with ongoing costs for medical care and immunosuppressive drugs.