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Thinking in Groups, Thinking for Ourselves (Or: In Praise of Iconoclasm)

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Scientists are people too. And people are vulnerable to groupthink. How this can serve science, and the world, poorly. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Americans trust scientists. This may seem, to some, like surprising news, given the extent to which attitudes towards science were

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The Consent of the Governed

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What the conversation about COVID-19 vaccines can teach us about how to navigate the social compact between voices of authority and the populations they serve. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Over the last year or so there has been much criticism of leadership in

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Resisting Our Suburban Impulses

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On recognizing when the view from our positions of privilege prevents us from seeing the path to a healthier world for all. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Suburbs can be terrific places. I live in a suburb, and I can think of few better

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Resisting the Allure of Moral Grandstanding

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On choosing between virtue and the mere appearance of it. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. We are living in an age of the visible moral gesture. It seems that all events of some note in our cultural or political life are accompanied by statements of

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The Ineluctable Role of the Faceless Bureaucrat

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During Covid-19, bureaucracy was tested like never before in recent memory. Thoughts on how we can most effectively create functioning bureaucratic contexts, to support health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. When I was in New York City I was talking to a colleague and

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The Aesthetics of a Healthier World

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Using the tools of art and metaphor to shape a new vision of health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. As we enter the Sunday of Summer, I wanted today to muse on a somewhat lighter topic than ones I have taken on of late—namely

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How Bad Ideas Can Make Good Ones Better

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The ideas that shape a healthier world can only emerge in a context of viewpoint diversity, with differing perspectives creating a dynamic which sharpens thought and makes us better at what we do. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. In public health, we talk a

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Borders in an Age of Pandemics

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The challenges borders pose at the intersection of the broader goals of public health with the pragmatic demands of addressing a crisis. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. Readers of this blog will recognize several familiar themes. One of them is that the world is

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The History of Soccer, the Butterfly, and Public Health

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How our choices shape, and reshape, the status quo over time, within the context of the complex systems that determine health. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. My favorite game by some distance is soccer. The game has been in the news lately, most recently

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A Playbook for Balancing the Moral and Empirical Case for Health

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The arguments that support a healthier world are strongest when informed by an equal measure of data and moral urgency. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. The arguments that support a healthier world are strongest when informed by an equal measure of

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