Craig Reynolds modeled the complex flocking patterns of birds and fish using three main steering behaviors: separation, cohesion, and alignment (see his website: http:// Reynolds called the generic simulated creatures “Boids,” and Dr. Jones and Jerry Bozeman adopted this name into the title of their book. As birds, fish, and humans are all complex […]

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Thinking Like a Child

              Thinking like a child means many things – it means letting go of inhibitions. It means being spontaneous – following a random idea just to see where it takes us. It means being persistent and open to all the new ideas that are thrown at us. And it […]

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Resolving Ferguson by Strengthening Community Capital

Everyone seems to know that the problem in Ferguson relates to a white police force in a predominantly black community. Whether the community leaders were blind to the problem, or aware of it but unable to find African American people qualified, is argued from both sides.   Howard University students take powerful #DONTSHOOT photo in […]

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The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

I am writing this from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico where I am in a group studying with John Phillip Newell about The Rebirthing of God, the title of his latest book. One of the key points in his message is the need to connect with who we are; we come from the earth, the […]

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How we got started

I studied history before I studied medicine. I learned there that people could respond to a particular challenge in a variety of ways. Medicine tends not to see that way; drugs need to be standard so the 'average' person is who gets treated, but the 'average' person doesn't exist. And our treatments are often based on the wrong [...]

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Thank You, Standard and Poor’s

Thank you Standard and Poor’s for telling us what we already know. Now can we do anything about it? Right now many of us feel a bit  like Clark Little as he waited under this breaking wave to get just the right shot. How much of a wipe out is this going to be? In [...]

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Explaining our World in Terms of the Quantum Reality

If you read anything about general science in your spare time you know that physicists are presenting a variety of models as they try to explain our world in terms of the quantum reality that is the ground of our existence; it’s not easy. Most of their models are mathematical and based on a number […]

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What’s the WIR

Could the WIR help us, or Greece, or Spain? Common Sense Medicine is all about resilience, about giving people the information and the power they need to make better decisions. Those decisions are the invisible hand that guides any adaptive system to continued progression and health. And it’s not just healthcare. This article is about […]

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*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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