Is The Cure Worse Than The Disease? Reconsidering Meritocracy

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The Atlantic prides itself on provocative writing that skewers and roasts the sacred cows of the elite progressive class. While some journalists overdo it to the point of inducing iconoclast fatigue, the most deft inflict psychic wounds that cause the reader to reconsider vulnerabilities in their thought processes. Daniel Markovits, a Yale Law Professor whose book is excerpted in a …

Moments In Geologic Time

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This morning I was getting my lazy butt back into the swing of cycling when I noticed a chunk of rock sliding down a hillside next to the road. It was a fist-sized chunk, and did not threaten to strike me, but it focused my attention on something I seldom consider, the geologic time scale. Rocks like this scatter alongside …

Missed Connections: Administrator Seeks Pit Doc

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Craigslist runs a Missed Connections column where would-be romantics (and unsubtle sex seekers) anonymously confess sightings of potential mates that got away in often mundane settings, a wonderful place to explore vulnerable admissions by folks who regret not having voiced their feelings in the lost moment. One of the finest adaptations I’ve seen of this column is the artist Sophie …

Whole Life Insurance And Craniotomies

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A friend recounted his recent experience interviewing a prospective financial advisor. He’d been favorably impressed. The would-be advisor informed him that he would not only help with investments, but provide tax strategy recommendations as an added value, to show how far he was willing to go above and beyond the less comprehensive services provided by his peers. The suitor’s first …

Does Being An Employee Confer Greater Flexibility For Female Physicians?

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Mass media is a fickle entity. One minute medicine is approaching peak burnout and physicians are in crisis. The next we’ve never had it so good. The New York Times recently published the provocatively entitled article, “How Medicine Became the Stealth Family-Friendly Profession.” The article profiled several female physicians who are also young mothers: All of these physicians cited work-life …