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The Problem of Positional Bias

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Part two of three columns exploring the biases that obscure our 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. In last week’s Healthiest Goldfish, I discussed how our individualist bias can stop us from seeing the full picture of what matters most for health. Today, I

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Looking Beyond Our Biases

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Creating a healthier world means first seeing the world as it is and understanding that the forces that shape health can be obscured by our biases. 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 1999 film, The Matrix, is about a man who discovers the world as

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Inefficiency in the Pursuit of Excellence

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The path to a healthier world is not always a straight line; sometimes innovating for health may require the openminded exploration of meandering by-ways. 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. Among the lessons I am trying to learn, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, is

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Health in an Era of Resurgent Great Power Conflict

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What rising tensions between the US and China may bode for public health, global health institutions, and the socioeconomic forces that shape 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. This summer, the journal Nature Food published a study which is, in many ways, a microcosm of a key force

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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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