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Fleeting Expertise? Surface, skin-deep know-it all in an Era of Abundant Information?

Note: I posted a few articles on this Singularity Hub mania and Peter H. Diamandis, trying to figure out how to live to be one thousand year-old.

And how could we deeply learn anything of value?

How to learning is changing, and changing fast?

In the past, we used to learn by doing — we called them apprenticeships.

The model shifted, and we are learning by going to school., children and youth incarcerated for 13 years

Now, it’s going back to the apprenticeship again, but this time, you are both the apprentice and the master.

This post is about how to learn during exponential times, when information is abundant and expertise is fleeting.

Passion, Utility, Research and Focus

First, choosing what you want to learn and becoming great at it is tough.

As I wrote in my last post, doing anything hard and doing it well takes grit. (It takes about 10,000 hours of doing to become talented in anything you like)

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to help choose what you want to learn:

  1. Start with your passions: Focus on something you love, or learn a new skill in service of your passion. If you want to learn how to code because it will land you a high-paying job, you’re not going to have the drive to spend countless, frustrating hours debugging your code. If you want to become a doctor because your parents want you to, you’re not going to make it through med school. Focus on the things YOU love and do it because it’s YOUR choice. (Money is second in rank. The first is the passion that no money can buy. Adonis49 quote)
  2. Make it useful: Time is the scarcest resource. While you can spend the time learning for the sake of learning, I think learning should be a means to an end. Without a target, you’ll miss every time. Figure out what you want to do, and then identify the skills you need to acquire in order to accomplish that goal. (And the end of learning is? When you give up on all passions)
  3. Read, watch, observe and analyze: Read everything. Read all the time . (The writing of just the experts in the field?) Start with the experts. Read the material they write or blog. Watch their videos, their interviews. Do you agree with them? Why? Can you sort out true experiments from fake intelligence?
  4. Talk to people:  Reading, should be associated with talking to real human beings that are doing what you want to do. Do whatever you can to reach them. Ask for their advice. You’ll be shocked by what you can learn this way. (Connectivity part of the learning process?)
  5. Focus on your strengths on improving them: Again, time is precious. You can’t be a doctor, lawyer, coder, writer, rocket scientist, and rock star all at the same time… at least not right now. Focus on what you are good at and enjoy the focus. And try to build on top of those skills. Many people, especially competitive people, tend to feel like they need to focus on improving the things they are worst at doing. This is a waste of time. Instead, focus on improving the things you are best at doing — you’ll find this to be a much more rewarding and lucrative path. (And when it becomes an automatic reaction, there is no need to focus much?)

Learn by Doing

There is no better way to learn than by doing. (After you learned the basics?)

I’m a fan of the “apprentice” model. Study the people who have done it well and then go work for them.

If they can’t (or won’t) pay you, work for free until you are good enough that they’ll need to hire you. (For how long? Slaves get paid somehow)

Join a startup doing what you love — it’s much cheaper than paying an expensive tuition, and a hell of a lot more useful.

I don’t think school (or grad school) is necessarily the right answer anymore.

Here’s one reason why:

This week I visited the Hyperloop Technologies headquarters in Los Angeles (full disclosure: I am on the board of the company).

The interim CEO and CTO Brogan Bambrogan showed me around the office, and we stopped at one particularly impressive-looking, massive machine (details confidential).

As it turns out, the team of Hyperloop engineers who had designed, manufactured, tested, redesigned, remanufactured, and operated this piece of equipment did so in 11 weeks, for pennies on the dollar.

At MIT, Stanford or CalTech, building this machine would have been someone’s PhD thesis…

Except that the PhD candidate would have spent three years doing the same amount of work, and written a paper about it, rather than help to redesign the future of transportation.

Meanwhile, the Hyperloop engineers created this tech (and probably a half-dozen other devices) in a fraction of the time while creating value for a company that will one day be worth billions.

Full Immersion and First Principles

You have to be fully immersed if you want to really learn.

Connect the topic with everything you care about — teach your friends about it, only read things that are related to the topic, surround yourself with it.

Make learning the most important thing you can possibly do and connect to it in a visceral fashion.

As part of your full immersion, dive into the very basic underlying principles governing the skill you want to acquire.

This is an idea Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla, SpaceX) constantly refers to:

The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it’s like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there.”

You can’t skip the fundamentals — invest the time to learn the basics before you get to the advanced stuff.

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

Experiment, fail, experiment, fail, and experiment. (The problem is that few disciplines teach you Experimental Designing, forming an experimental Mind and their fundamentals)

One of Google’s innovation principles and mantras is: “Never fail to fail.”

Don’t be afraid if you are really bad at the beginning: you learn most from your mistakes.

When Elon hires people, he asks them to describe a time they struggled with a hard problem.

“When you struggle with a problem, that’s when you understand it. Anyone who’s struggled hard with a problem never forgets it.”

(You mostly struggle with a problem because you fail to listen to the new perspectives of other people in tackling the problem)

Digital Tools

We used to have to go to school to read textbooks and gain access to expert teachers and professors.

Nowadays, literally all of these resources are available online for free.

There are hundreds of free education sites like Khan Academy, Udemy, or Udacity.

There are thousands of MOOCs (massive online open courses) from the brightest experts from top universities on almost every topic imaginable.

Want to learn a language? Download an app like Duolingo (or even better, pack up your things and move to that country).

Want to learn how to code? Sign up for a course on CodeAcademy or MIT Open Courseware.

The resources are there and available — you just have to have the focus and drive to find them and use them.

Finally…The Next Big Shift in Learning

In the future, the next big shift in learning will happen as we adopt virtual worlds and augmented reality.

It will be the next best thing to “doing” — we’ll be able to simulate reality and experiment (perhaps beyond what we can experiment with now) in virtual and augmented environments.

Add that to the fact that we’ll have an artificial intelligence tutor by our side, showing us the ropes and automatically customizing our learning experience.

Patsy Z shared this link via Singularity Hub
As usual, the best advice on “Learning” from the man himself Peter H. Diamandis. singularityhub.com
Note 1: Have you been in the process of refurbishing/remodeling your home/property? Did you find any “skilled” expert/worker to do the job personally? You end up contracting out a company/semi professional entity to come over. The boss trails a bunch of expert workers and leave. You barely see the boss until pay time. And you end up with a job that need frequent repairs and unnecessary maintenance
Note 2: I read an article that there has been Not a single furniture professional in the US in the last 4 decades. Everything is contracted out and imported for a stupid furniture. Kind of the only expertise the US is creating and improving on the military/weapon systems to play cop around the world.

Am I a “professional“? How long can we cling to denial?

Note: Re-edit of “Am I a professional? Am I a generalist scholar? Who am I?”

Aside from obtaining a Nobel Prize or a “recognized” organization... can you feel a professional in any field?

Do you think if you feel fully cognizant of the array of your emotions or your lack of talents (passions) in many aspects of the living that you are set for a boring death?

This post is based on facts that you can gleam in my transcripts, documents and autobiography…

With 14 years of university study, a PhD in Industrial/Human Factors, a couple of Masters in Operations research, physics and chemistry.

With taking many graduate courses in psychology, marketing, accounting,economy, higher education…

Can I consider myself a professional?

I still cannot claim this title: I didn’t work for a company for any substantial duration and just taught a few courses at universities.

Reading 3 hours per day at libraries, taking notes, reviewing books, writing posts and articles (about 9000 articles by now on my blog in 45 categories), and keeping track of the political systems in countless countries, human rights performance, ecology…

Can I consider myself a professional?

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

By mastering 3 languages, English French and Arabic (reading, speaking and writing), and being able to understand the written Spanish, I’ll be a fool to deny myself knowledge of 3 cultures and civilizations

Most of all, I have an experimental mind and read and comprehend scientific papers in many fields and can evaluate the extent of their research or scientific validity.

I had to learn and get trained on various types of designing and conducting experiments with objects and subjects in many fields (engineering, psychology, marketing) and I am familiar with the particular statistical analysis packages that each of these fields feel comfortable applying and interpreting results. (That was some time ago)

Can I consider myself a professional?

And yet, I cannot claim to be a professional in the restrictive sense that hiring companies evaluate that term.

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

I discovered that “professionalism” makes me physically sick, with sustained stomach aches and recurring periods of catching cold… I would have died early on.

I am enjoying this freedom of expressing my opinions and feelings, and taking positions as a free man: Frequent confrontation with bullying people and the powers flaunting my rights and human rights

I don’t miss “professionalism”, excepting the lavish retirement money

WHY YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD ALSO BE A SCIENTIST

Scientists practiced in applying the experimental mind?

physician-scientists represent just one out of every 100 doctors.

RESEARCHERS AT THE University of Maryland recently announced a potential breakthrough in the fight against “neuropathic” pain— pain that results from malfunctioning or damaged nerves.

Neuropathic pain afflicts 100 million Americans and costs the nation over half a trillion dollars every year.

WIRED OPINION

Kurt Amsler, PhD, is a professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Though the condition isn’t caused by physical trauma, it can nonetheless create a phantom sensation ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating agony.

The Maryland researchers developed a new technique that uses ultrasound waves to neutralize this pain.

That research team has a distinctive feature: It’s composed of physician-scientists. These specialized health care providers treat patients while also conducting research to develop new medicines and procedures.

Unfortunately, the physician-scientist is an endangered species—our country is suffering a severe and growing shortage of them. If we don’t reverse this trend, patients could lose out on the next generation of life-saving treatments.

Physician-scientists are defined by their formal training, which includes both a medical degree and a PhD in the biological and/or physical sciences.

Unlike typical lab researchers, physician-scientists have an intimate perspective of the patient experience. They witness firsthand the interaction between different drugs, the success of key surgical techniques, and patterns among patients. They bring those insights into the laboratory, where they guide research and accelerate the discovery process.

Shortly after the University of Maryland team announced its breakthrough, a physician-scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a large research hospital in Los Angeles, discovered a blood protein that is linked to a common type of heart failure.

Other research teams had failed to find such a clear bio-marker. This finding will likely be used to create a simple blood test to determine patients’ risk of developing a catastrophic heart condition.

Other examples abound.

In June, a group of physician-scientists at Oregon Health & Science University published research on a compound that could stop cancer cells from spreading throughout the body. A few years ago, physician-scientists at the Scintillon Institute in San Diego uncovered a molecular link between Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.

Such monumental discoveries are the specialty of the physician-scientist.

This is the benefit of blending practical medicine with academic research.

Physician-scientists also help patients make informed care decisions. They’re well-equipped to see through flashy pharmaceutical and medical device marketing that saturates the health care industry.

Consider the story of Dr. Jalees Rehman, a physician-scientist at the University of Illinois.

In Scientific American, Dr. Rehman recalled a patient asking him about a controversial heart procedure offered by a private clinic in Thailand. For a small fortune, Thai doctors would treat the patient’s advanced heart disease with a bone marrow injection. The stem cells in the marrow would, supposedly, heal damaged valves, chambers, and nerves.

Dr. Rehman’s research specialty—studying the therapeutic application of stem cells to heart conditions—was directly relevant. He knew the procedure was bogus: Bone marrow actually contains very few stems cells and the injection process presented enormous health risks. He successfully deterred the patient from undergoing the procedure.

It’s increasingly difficult for patients to receive such informed advice.

Between 2003 and 2012, the already meager population of physician-scientists shrunk by nearly 6 percent, according to a survey from the American Medical Association. Today, physician-scientists represent just one out of every 100 doctors.

For the sake of medical innovation, it’s imperative to grow a new crop of physician-scientists.

More federal funding for young physician-scientists would help tremendously. Currently, most funding goes to physician-scientists who are already well established in their respective fields.

From 2012 to 2017, nearly six in 10 NIH pediatric research grants went to senior-level physician-scientists, according to a JAMA study. When young physician-scientists can’t secure grants, they often decide to abandon their research interests and practice medicine full-time.

Funding more research grants, and earmarking them for young physician-scientists, could lead to breakthrough treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases.

Institutions of higher education also have a role to play. Schools that only offer traditional medical degrees could create physician-scientist programs to attract more bright young people to the profession. My school—the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine—recently launched a seven-year DO/PhD program.

Physician-scientists bridge the gap between scientific theory and practical medicine. We need to boost their ranks.

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 107

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Let the dead enjoy a moment of revolt to suit his eternity: Let them be donning colored clothes that would never be washed again. 

An experimental mind is Not permitted to confuse causal factors with catalyst effects. The causes simmer for long time, a catalyst is instantaneous, a rumor inflaming rooted customs

If we were able during our tumultuous life to sharing and enjoying the pleasure and happiness of others then there will be no need for any moral set of restrictions.

As long as you are making a difference between blissful moments and your current difficult moments then you will never discover bliss. Your present life is the bliss, the grace, and paradise.

I tend to realize that the feverish activities of Putin in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria were reactions to the machiavelic and cynical warmonger of Barack Obama

A PhD candidate often steers clear from academia after earning a PhD: They learn nothing in the last two years of the hard work. Totally dejected from the untenable and time-wasting process.

“Apres tout, depuis Assad pere, le regime se presente comme un regime laic”  Est-ce pour cette raison qu’ils se sont souleves entre 20111-12? Est-ce cette perception qui les ont encourages a rejoindre les extremistes Islamques?

“Nous pensions que la victoire sur Bashar etait imminente”. C’est le refrain qu’ on entend depuis 2012 par tout le monde qui sont payes pour s’aligner avec les coloniaux et les retrograde Saudi Wahhabi Kingdom?

60,000 US psychiatric professionals signed on a petition confirming Trump is a dangerous mentally sick person. They created a new category in their Book: “Extremely violent narcissistic disturbances”. They demand Donald be denied code for atomic bombs.

Do you know? US nuclear missiles are parked in military bases in South Korea. Aimed at China, Russia and North Korea?

Businessman Tillerson, Secretary of State: Antagonizing China over North Korea is bad for economy

Shou al 3amal? Iza wa7ed moush mahdoum wa bi sorr yethadman 3alayyeh?

Saudi Kingdom realizes it has no serious leverage in Lebanon: it orders the “Interior” of Lebanon to crack down on bloggers who negatively criticize its activities

Very plausible that ancient Atlantis was located in current Hoggar mountain chains (current desert between South-East Algeria and South-West Libya. The vast ocean recede 12,000 years ago and the desert got elevated.

The Strait of Gibraltar is a current occurrence (9,000 years ago), setting the premises for Mediterranean civilizations.

You become authentic when your actions are in alignment with what you promise. Never promise when you can’t deliver.

Quand la femme veut un homme, elle ne le laisse pas respirer, et literallement.

Une “debutante” ecarte les filles de l’ annee precedente: et un tire en petanque qui ecarte les boules du “but” est un debutant.

On approche de l’ enfer, les entrees s’elargissent: on entre dans une grande ville

Je n’ai jamais rencontre’ un homme qui sache s’aimer.

Les hommes croient que le marriage leur donne le droit de transformer leur femme.

Et Gantier soudain compris: ces deux-la etaient un couple. Le “puceau” de 18 ans et la belle actrice plus age’ de 6 ans. Ce couple ont fait la bete a deux dos et se faisait confience, et personne n’a eut aucune suspition.

La shou kel hal 3ayeet, msabbaat, shata2em, narfaze wa ta7addeh? Wa moush kadreen yerba7o competition barrat kawke3ton?

A approfondir l’ etude de l’Histoire des WC (toilet) sert-il a bien faire pipi et caca?

No genocide or mass crimes against humanity have been committed without prior preparation of the Silent Majority of the population.

The plan for a massive violence starts with “hate literature”, “hate ideology”, scare tactics against a minority (ethnic, religious, skin color, class of the population, genders…).

The State is in control of the media and manufacture horror stories and pictures, consistently and according to an efficient schedule to impress upon the ears and eyes of the “silent ” majority of citizens.

The citizens first feel relieved that the fascist State is actually cracking down on those “imaginary” perpetrators of destabilization of peace, tranquility, common customs and traditions and ways of looking at life and the universe…

 

Design is basic to all human activity.

“All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity.

The planning and patterning of any act towards a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process.

Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the inherent value, of design as the primary underlying matrix of life.

Design is com- posing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto. But design is also cleaning and reorganizing a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie, choosing sides for a back-lot baseball game, and educating a child.

Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order.” – Victor Papaneck

A few people place Information Theory/technology at the center of all sciences and knowledge. I prefer to locate Design in the center.

Designing require vast general knowledge and an experimental mind to fine-tune and frequently re-design what targeted certain species, genders, ethnic idiosyncrasies.

We indeed need to recognize that we have to get interested in psychology, sociology, geography, history… and every discipline that affect our comprehension of “ How to design and who are our target users

The more we are involved with what people want, the more we focus on the health and safety of the users (mentally, physically and emotionally) of what we design.

The moment we consider ourselves ” a professional” in design, the more we get alienated from the target user and intention of the design. Thus, connectivity and communication with the larger segments of the population insure better receptivity to our designs.

Unfortunately, the skills and knowledge of how to design experiments is badly lacking in curriculum: These skills do Not come naturally and require many periods of initiation of what are the causes, the catalysts, the controlling variables and the interdependence of variables affecting outcomes.

Note: It would have been a great purpose to publish our day-dreaming projects, with details. Precising the kinds of disciplines required to fine-tune the planning and execution of the project, along with the proper people ready to take on the project full-time..

Am I a professional? Am I a generalist scholar? Who am I?

Do you think if you feel fully cognizant of the array of your emotions or your lack of talents (passions) in many aspects of the living that you are set for a boring death?

This post is based on facts that you can gleam in transcripts and documents…

With 14 years of university study, a PhD in Industrial/Human Factors, a couple of Masters in Operations research, physics and chemistry.

With taking many graduate courses in psychology, marketing, accounting,economy, higher education…

Can I consider myself a professional?

I still cannot claim this title: I didn’t work for a company for any substantial duration and just taught a few courses at universities.

Reading 3 hours per day at libraries, taking notes, reviewing books, writing posts and articles (about 7,300 articles on my blog in 45 categories), and keeping track of the political systems in countless countries, human rights performance, ecology…

Can I consider myself a professional?

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

By mastering 3 languages, English French and Arabic (reading, speaking and writing), I’ll be a fool to deny myself knowledge of 3 cultures and civilizations

Most of all, I have an experimental mind and read and comprehend scientific papers in many fields and can evaluate the extent of their research or scientific validity.

I had to learn and get trained on various types of designing and conducting experiments with objects and subjects in many fields (engineering, psychology, marketing) and I am familiar with the particular statistical analysis packages that each of these fields feel comfortable applying and interpreting results. (That was some time ago)

Can I consider myself a professional?

And yet, I cannot claim to be a professional in the restrictive sense that hiring companies evaluate that term.

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

I discovered that “professionalism” makes me physically sick, sustained stomach aches and recurring periods of catching cold… I would have died early on.

I am enjoying this freedom of expressing my opinions and feelings, and taking positions as a free man: Frequent confrontation with bullying people and the powers flaunting my rights and human rights

I don’t miss “professionalism”, excepting the retirement money

Critical Thinking? If you know what it is, it can be taught

A new study says critical thinking is a teachable skill, but who is going to teach it? (very funny: like training experimental mind)

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s actually quite possible.

Experiments performed by Stanford’s Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education demonstrate that students can be instructed to think more critically. (You mean with an experimental mind?)

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of critical-thinking skills in modern society. The ability to decipher information and interpret it, offering creative solutions, is in direct relation to our intellect. (How that can be taught before you lean how to design, control and run an experiment?)

The most important skill you’ll ever learn?

bigthink.com|By Lori Chandler
The study took two groups of students in an introductory physics laboratory course, with one group (known as the experimental group) given the instruction to use quantitative comparisons between datasets and the other group given no instruction (the control group).
Comparing data in a scientific manner; that is, being able to measure one’s observations in a statistical or mathematical way, led to interesting results for the experimental group.
Even after these instructions were removed, they were 12 times more likely to offer creative solutions to improve the experimental methods being used in the class, four times more likely to explain the limitations of the methods, and better at explaining their reasoning than the control group.
(If this one session extended so much improvement, why graduates in natural science and engineering have Not Design of experiment in their program? Students in social sciences are by far more advanced in critical thinking because they learn and are trained to design expriments)
The results remained consistent even in the next year, with students in a different class. So what does this imply about critical thinking, and how can we utilize these findings to improve ourselves and our society?

We live in an age with unprecedented access to information. Whether you are contributing to an entry on Wikipedia or reading a meme that has no sources cited (do they ever?), your ability to comprehend what you are reading and weigh it is a constant and consistent need.

That is why it is so imperative that we have sharp critical-thinking skills. Also, if you don’t use them, you will have nothing to argue with your family about at Thanksgiving.

More importantly, it keeps your brain from nomming on junk food and on more of a kale-based diet. Look at any trending topic, and test yourself.

Is this true/accurate?

How do I know either way?

Is there a way I can use data (provable, factual information) to figure this out?

Certainly, we can train ourselves to become better critical thinkers, but it’s also important that we teach these skills to kids.

Studies have shown how important this ability is to our success, and yet many feel that we’re doing a terrible job of teaching it.

This study, however, may lead to educators and parents realizing that these skills are teachable. The implications of a better thinking society are not quantitative, but I do believe they would be extraordinary.

 

 

 

 

 “Train the experimental mind of your students…” Professor Philip Adeeb Salem

Professor Philip Adeeb Salem” is the eminent worldwide recognized  cancer researcher and healer.

The philosophy in education is to form experimental minds, capable of change and adaptation. Train the mind for scientific experimental design instead of transferring repetitive knowledge…

Healthcare, from prevention, inoculation, early detection… should be an integral part of human rights charter in the UN: Without a healthy life, there is not much oo human rights to mind for.

 

Philip was born in 1941, the youngest of four other boys. His mother was the sister of Charles Malek who participated in writing the UN charter in San Francisco, 1946.

He received a grant from the British cultural center in Beirut to study medicine at AUB (1961-65) with a monthly pocket money of 400 LL (That was a fortune at the time).

He specialized in the USA under David Karnovsky, an eminent cancerologue and returned to Lebanon .

In 1987, Philip was teaching and practicing at the AUB Hospital  when he was warned that he is to be kidnapped in this lengthy civil war. The family decided to return to the USA.

He was the first physician to discover:

1.  the direct link between cancer and chronic ailments, particularly in the small intestine (frequent dhiarriya,  loss of appetite, loss of weight, inflammation of the fingers and toes… EPSID)

2. The link between Herpes and neck of the vagina

3. Bilharzia and prostate cancer.

4. Tamoxifen can decrease by 50% the incident of breast cancer.

5. Inoculation by Gardsell prevent the inflammation of the neck of the vagina

6. He developed the protocol for the usage of Sisplatinim by injecting the dose  over 5 days instead of once.

7. Recommended the resumption of chemo therapy even after the cancer disappeared.

8. Proceed on shrinking the tumour before any operation

9. He introduced the team work in treating cancer patients.

10. He insists on communicating and knowing the patient before starting any treatment. He coaxed the patient to telling him his hobbies and share with him his hobbies in poetry, literature and philosophical thoughts. It is the confidence and strong bond between the patient and the physician that may create the miracle of healing.

11. He is the first to get a chair at St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital in Houston. Currently, only 10 out of 700 physicians in the hospital received a chair.

The two physicians who received the Nobel Prize of medicine in 2005 (Barry Marshal and Robin Warren) based their hypothesis on Salem’s research that bacteria Bilory are the cause for ulcer.

If you treat early on with the targeted antibiotics, you don’t succumb to cancer and save yourself the lengthy harsh treatments. One of the researcher treated himself to prove his hypothesis.

Stories abound of patients who were terminally ill and abandoned by major hospitals in London and elsewhere. As they got in contact with Prof. Salem, he never relinquished his patients and supported them until they were cured, even 2 years later.

A clerics who suffered from inoperable heart ailment was taken care by Philip and pressured many heart surgeons to re-operate, even after the clerics went into coma. Three years later, the clerics returned to Houston to thanks his surgeons: half of them had passed away.

Late famous surgeon Michael Debagey and Philip first met as they became members of the health team during Bush Sr. to formulate a protocol for preventive health care.

Philip later coaxed Michael to contribute to the erection of a medical school and center at LAU university in Byblos.

St. Luke Hospital is contemplating of erecting a medical building for cancer treatment in Salem’s name similar to Denton Coly building for the heart.

Philip is one of the 24 professionals who meet weekly to decide on the medicine to be approved by the FDA.

Philip was awarded:

1. The Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom in 1994. He is the fourth to receive this honor after Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Charlton Huston.

2. The Alice Island medal for contribution of an immigrant to the USA civilization

3. The Italian medal of “The scientist of the year”

 

He instituted a branch of the Lebanese American Association in Houston and welcomed 20 Lebanese researchers to work at the Anderson Center where Dr. Issam Raad is currently heading the center of contagious bacteria.

Salem linked the AUB Hospital with Hotel Dieu de France (in Lebanon) based on 4 principles:

1. Establishing a protocol for treating cancer

2. Continuous communication among the hospitals and medical universities: a weekly meeting to share experiences.

3. Promoting the concept of training experimental minds in universities

4. Opening up to the physicians who graduated from the French educated Jesuit university in Lebanon

One day, Philip read a criticism in the New York Times of a counsellor to the Defense department who was not a US citizen. As a health counsellor to Bush Sr., he told the President in the Oval office @ I don’t want to be a liability to you: I am Not a US citizen

The president answered: I hired you for your brain and not for your passport.  Soon, Philip and his entire family got the citizenship.

In his office at St. Luke, you can see displayed pictures of his hometown Bterram, a handful of soil and a few olive branches from his town.

Read:

1. The man, the homeland, the scientist (2004) by Peter Indari

2. Cancer, love, politics of hope- The life and vision of Philip Salem (2010) by Frances Mourani and Boutros Indari

3. Philip Salem, the rebel, the scientist and the humanist (2013) by Maha Samara (a n extensive biography)

Note 1: I met Prof. Salem twice in Washington DC in the mid 1990’s when he was lecturing or delivering speeches to Arabic associations. My brother-in-law, military attaché at the time, and I gave Philip ride to his hotel twice. He had to wake up early: As physicians are training to do during their internship.

Note 2: The CIA frequently pressured Salem to divulge secrets on the health status of preeminent foreign personalities, but consistently refused to cooperate.

Note 3: In 1945, the towns in the district of Koura witnessed massive immigration to Australia and Latin America. Every week, 7 young persons left Lebanon for greener pasture. Those who opted for the USA ended up in the industrial cities of Pittsburgh and Roxburry.

Note 4: His wife is Waddad Jabboury. His daughters are Dara and Raya. His son is Khaled

The truth about the war for talent

It’s more of a skirmish, actually.

Plenty of recruiters and those in HR like to talk about engaging in a war for talent…

To be truthful, most of it is about finding good enough people at an acceptable rate of pay. Filling slots.

Seth Godin posted this Sept. 18, 2013 “The truth about the war for talent”

“More relevant and urgent is that it’s not really a search for talent. It’s a search for attitude.

There are a few jobs where straight up skills are all we ask for. Perhaps in the first violinist in a string quartet.

In fact, even there, what actually separates winners from losers isn’t talent, it’s attitude.

And yes, we ought to be having a war for attitude.

An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.

The best news is that attitude is a choice, and it’s available to all.

You can probably win the war for attitude with the people you’ve already got.

And if you’re looking for a gig, you’ll discover that honing and sharing your attitude goes a lot farther than practicing the violin all day”.

End of quote.

Seth is demanding one attitude too many to be selected. And simply claiming that “attitude is a choice” as if the environment where you grew up is a secondary factor for shaping your set of attitudes.

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is not within the realm of possibility.

The impression is that all these attitudes are logically correlated, kind if you got one the remaining attitudes come naturally…

I think that many of these attitudes are not even correlated and are independent from one another.

The attitude of experimenting requires  learning, training and application. Having an experimental mind is a process of studying how experiments are conceived,  thought out, prepared, controlled from biases and confounding variables, and run according to a protocol… And you have got to get your “hands dirty” doing one thorough experiment in order to digest the complexity of conducting an experiment.

The attitudes of being connected, ethical and drive require proper environment, family, school, community, and peers to pull off the hard habit for retaining and sustaining these attitude.

My impression is that these attitudes are mostly in the realm of elite class who can afford to be connected, ethical and driven…

The attitude of learning, particularly continuing education and studying different fields as time change requires a system that offer opportunities to learning at affordable cost and facilities not to waste unnecessary years on courses that are not essential…

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is necessarily confining the search to the elite class.

And what is to be done with the majority of people who have a talent? Even the rudiment of a talent so that the working environment will increase and promote their talents?

What of opening opportunities that fit talents that companies “for profit” have no use of?

Can our leading minds pass Socrates’ dialogue test?            

This is a challenge to all the scientific and research communities.  My contention is that over 75% of all scientists and researchers (in all natural sciences, all social sciences, all human sciences, and all engineering fields) lack general and comprehensive experimental mind; the experiments are mainly specific and fail the generality test to be applied scientifically.  I propose this simple test: submit to the subject scientist three peer reviewed research articles from fields different from his research or professional discipline.  Test the subject on his comprehension and interpretation for each research paper.  To be more specific: test his general knowledge on the experimental design, his correct discrimination of the various variables and factors (dependent, independent, control and confounding variables), his interpretations of the graphs and statistical results and what practical design suggestions he can extract from the paper. 

The objective of the investigation is not merely to guarantee valid results and accurate interpretations; it is to guarantee that the leading minds of our communities can pass Socrates’ dialogue test for sound rational societies and policy making.

If what I said is still not clear then please read my article for new angles and the basis of my challenge.

An Experimental mind

 

            I recall my advisor telling me once in frustration “At your age I was professor and had raised a family”.  I didn’t need this reminder to comprehend my desperate situation: I am just plainly stubborn with no imaginations on earning money.  These long years in a PhD program in the specialty of Human Factors, at the age 35 to 41, should be considered a waste of time for any career-minded student but they were valuable for my mind: I was exposed to the methods and vocabulary of five other disciplines in various departments. I think that I acquired an experimental mind, a mind that not many could claim to explicitly have

When someone asks “how” (the mechanical process or procedure) it is tacitly understood that he comprehend the why and what of the subject matter or the system; that he knows all the factors and variables that may affect the outcome of a system, including the human element within the system.  Maybe a practicing or a professional knows his particular system, (he should though implicitly most of the times, as engineers learn), but the fundamental question remains “has he acquired the generalized method and rationality to investigating systems outside his discipline?” 

I know what I am talking about but the difficulty is to express and disseminate the problem.  I have taught engineers who had no understanding for discriminating among variables such as dependent, independent, or controlling variables; you think that they implicitly know how to differentiate among the variables; wrong, they don’t. Even after three sessions coupled with examples they were still in the dark and still wondering what is all the fuss about. You think that they can interpret graphs, extract wealth of information and comprehend pages of written materials from one meaningful graph, they generally cannot.  I can testify that 30% of my engineer classes could not read; another 30% could not understand what they read.  It was a pleasure to educate a couple of good minds.  I have written several articles on that subject in my category “Professional articles” for further detailed clarification.

Worst, undergraduates are almost never exposed to research papers.  Most Master’s graduates barely comprehend or interpret correctly research papers.  Graduates join the “work force” of the rational minds practically illiterate; they cannot resume any continuation learning programs for a simple reason: they are illiterate in reading and comprehending research papers.

 

My contention is this.  If you acquired an experimental mind then you should be eligible to comprehend any field of study by reading the research papers in the field.  The major contraption devised my professions to discriminate among one another is a flimsy mask targeted in changing the technical terms and vocabulary; a secret ritual inherited from ancient times to creating castes of literates. Other than that, the experimental methodology is fundamentally the same.  When you acquire an experimental mind then all disciplines are one course away; you need to learn the slang, a new language that sound familiar, but with terms that have different meanings and connotations.  The ultimate goal in teaching is for every university graduating mind to be trained to comprehend research papers of other disciplines.

 

The “eminent” minds of Athens needed the stamp of approval of Socrates’ rational mind; they submitted to his dialogue test; an interview on the investigative and coherent experimental methods of the proclaimed leaders of Athens; most failed the test.  Socrates was put to death because Socrates failed Athens’ Gods of ignorance.

Our scientific communities could be failing the dialogue test; our schools and universities are not graduating experimental minds.  No wonder war zones, famine, apartheid, and genocides are still the landmark of our modern times.


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