Cool or Curious

The Median Isn’t the Message – Stephen Jay Gould

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Cool or Curious

This short and classic  piece written by an eminent Harvard evolutionary biologist, is helpful to anyone trying to make sense of the maze of statistics that inevitably accompanies a cancer diagnosis. The author, Stephen Jay Gould, writes about his median “statistical” life expectancy  following his diagnosis of abdominal mesothelioma in 1982. Post-surgery Gould  discovered from the clinical literature on his condition that the “median survival” was eight months. In a few pages  Gould  brilliantly uses the lessons of his own discipline – evolutionary biology...

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On Being A Support Person – Ken Wilber

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Cool or Curious

This article by philosopher Ken Wilber, “On Being A Support Person” is highly recommended. Wilber wrote this in 1988 during the time he was caring for his wife who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Wilber later wrote an entire book called Grace and Grit, which told the story of her struggle with cancer. This article was published in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and is relevant to both patients and their care givers. Wilber, a prolific author, is hard to “classify”, but perhaps may best be described as a philosopher of ‘Integral Spirituality’...

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