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Oct25
Off Topic: On Nooses, Watson, Racism & Why Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Today, I'm departing from my usual focus on healthcare to discuss an issue that’snoose.jpeg been weighing on my mind recently. 

Another week, another firestorm about another racist gesture.  It seems we’ve seen it all recently.  Nooses hung from trees, doors and other locations; James Watson’s ill-conceived remarks about Africans’ native intelligence. 

Now, this isn’t going to be another blog post about how terrible racism is and why Watson should be pilloried.  Let’s face it, based on my understanding of biology, humans developed with a strong distrust of anything and anyone that represents a change from their normal everyday existence.  In the wilds of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas this was a good survival strategy.  Because of this, it is human nature to distrust “The Other,” no matter our color or creed.  In fact, this tendency is so strong that some will marshal any number of facts and figures to buttress their beliefs about why they are superior to another person. 

Given this, racism will never go away.  It infuses our perceptions, and yes science – no matter how “objectively” people interpret the data.  (I’m saying this because some apologists for Watson have suggested that the numbers back his claims about the relative intelligence of Blacks versus Whites.  We must remember that science is far from an objective enterprise.)


 

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Oct23
Jim Edwards Dishes On Pharma Marketing, Peter Rost & BrandWeek
Earlier this year, I had an extensive and interesting conversation with Jim Edwards, formerly of Brandweek for my WebTV show, The Digital Health Revolution (DHR).  He spoke with me before he left the publication and his blog BrandWeekNRX to begin... Continue Reading
Oct18
The Google Health Bear Rouses From Its Slumber
Yesterday, the Internet lit up with news that Google Health will make its long-awaited debut in early 2008.  Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of Search Products & User Experience, said... Continue Reading
Oct15
As Sermo & Pfizer Link Up, Some Worry About Off-Label Marketing
Today, the physician-only social network Sermo announced that it has inked a strategic partnership with Pfizer.  According to the press release: “[Sermo and Pfizer have launched a] strategic collaboration designed to redefine the way physicians in the U.S. and the... Continue Reading
Oct10
mobile, Mobile, MOBILE!
I’ve been talking with folks who attended the recent Health 2.0 conference about my impressions of the event.  Overall, I thought it was a good introduction to the space (and movement as Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has observed).  However, I was very... Continue Reading
Oct 8
Introducing . . . The Digital Health Revolution
Earlier this year the folks at Scribe Media approached me with a proposition: would I like to host a new WebTV show focusing on digital health?  I was intrigued, because I had been thinking of developing a podcast on this... Continue Reading
Oct 4
Microsoft Tries To Fill Health Information & Connectivity Void With HealthVault
Today, Microsoft announced the launch of a new series of tools designed to help caregivers, physicians and patients manage, store and securely share their health information.  According to Microsoft’s Peter Neupert: “People are concerned to find themselves at the center... Continue Reading
Oct 3
2nd Annual Global Healthcare Blogger Survey Reminder
As readers of this blog may be aware, my firm Envision Solutions and Trusted.MD Network are currently fielding the second global survey of healthcare bloggers. Since the launch of the poll in August, more than 110 bloggers have taken the... Continue Reading

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