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  • How Not To Shrink Your Brain

    Results: Poor CV fitness and greater diastolic BP and HR response to exercise at baseline were associated with a smaller total cerebral brain volume (TCBV) almost 2 decades later (all p < 0.05) in multivariable adjusted models; the effect of 1 SD lower fitness was equivalent to approximately 1 additional year of brain aging in… Read more…

    How Not To Shrink Your Brain
  • Work Of The Stock Exchange

    A little instructional video from 1941    

    Work Of The Stock Exchange
  • Markets Are Moving

    I posted this in the Mentor Program forum this morning and it is worth sharing because it represents my favourite style of price distribution. This one week relative performance is reminiscent of a smile and it indicates a series of movements that provide ample opportunity for traders. I accept that parts of equities markets are… Read more…

    Markets Are Moving
  • Resistance To Change

    Whilst browsing I came across this piece – it looks at the early resistance to the use of anaesthetics. We take for granted that when we have a surgical procedure done that we will be asleep for the duration. However,this is a relatively new phenomena, previous generations had to tolerate surgery as it was fully awake or drugged… Read more…

    Resistance To Change

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How Not To Shrink Your Brain

Results: Poor CV fitness and greater diastolic BP and HR response to exercise at baseline were associated with a smaller total cerebral brain volume (TCBV) almost 2 decades later (all p < 0.05) in multivariable adjusted models; the effect of 1 SD lower fitness was equivalent to approximately 1 additional year of brain aging in individuals free of CVD. In participants with prehypertension or hypertension at baseline, exercise systolic BP was also associated with smaller TCBV (p < 0.05).

More here – Neurology

The take home message – get off your arse.

Work Of The Stock Exchange

A little instructional video from 1941

 


 

Markets Are Moving

I posted this in the Mentor Program forum this morning and it is worth sharing because it represents my favourite style of price distribution. This one week relative performance is reminiscent of a smile and it indicates a series of movements that provide ample opportunity for traders. I accept that parts of equities markets are stuffed and if you are restricted to those then your opportunities will be limited.  Remember – equity markets are the smallest markets in the world.

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Resistance To Change

Whilst browsing I came across this piece – it looks at the early resistance to the use of anaesthetics. We take for granted that when we have a surgical procedure done that we will be asleep for the duration. However,this is a relatively new phenomena, previous generations had to tolerate surgery as it was fully awake or drugged insensate by whatever primitive methods they had such as alcohol or opium preparations such as laudanum.

What is intriguing about this piece is the profound resistance to change within the medical community despite the clear benefits that anaesthesia brought to not only the patient but also the surgical team. One can only wonder what it was like to be a participant in an activity of cutting someone open whilst they were awake. It is no small wonder that surgeons in Victorian times could amputate a leg in around 30 seconds.

It is interesting that whilst some arguments against the use of anaesthesia might have been relevant such as potential complications.This was a very new procedure and it still had many bugs to be worked out. This is a natural and acceptable caution. However, some of the objections were based upon appeals to the bible – suffering is good because it says so  in the bible. Others were simple professional jealousy.

What this is instructive of is the profoundly difficult nature of change. It could be argued that the resistance to change in this example was a profession wide resistance, in part based upon sound reasoning and in part based upon idiotic appeals to magical thinking. However, decisions not to change are individual decisions. The desire not to take up this new technique which had obvious advantages was done at the level of the individual. Change is a function of the individual and individual are remarkably resistant to change, even in the face of evidence. This is particularly true in light of acknowledging our own failings – we struggle to see ourselves clearly and even when we do it is difficult to change on the basis of what we have observed.

 

 

Charts Of Interest 05/02/16

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Always Stay Sharp

As I have mentioned before Ross Enamait is someone I often read when I want a different perspective on the fight game, as one might expect there are a lot of lessons to be learnt and a lot of carry over. I took particular note of the phrase I have highlighted below.

I’m sure there are certain readers wondering why on earth I would want to remind a boxer about the harsh nature of the sport. The reason is actually quite simple though. I am not trying to discourage anyone or elicit unnecessary fear. On the contrary, I want my boxers to be ultra sharp and aware each time they enter the ring. Some might disagree, but I believe it’s useful to know that you are never more than one careless mistake away from tasting the canvas.

More here – RossBoxing

Everyone Is An Expert

I am lead to believe that the reason young children are good at learning languages is not only the wonderful plasticity of their young brains but also that they dont mind making fools of themselves. On the other hand adults have a built in embarrassment interrupter gear that works to prevent us looking like peanuts. This has some interesting implications. It acts to hold us back from undertaking new tasks that are outside the realm of our existing core competencies. We seem to forget that everyone, even experts were once  a beginner. This desire not to embarrass ourselves limits what we might try and what we might achieve. There are no instant experts – something we forget.

It also has a wider implication in that you cannot advertise an event or a course as being suitable for beginners because no one like to consider themselves a beginner, even if they have never undertaken the task before. FIGJAM is alive and well, even to the detriment of those who want to learn or do something new.

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