The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book Stress and Adaptation in Physiology. This chapter is about stressors and adaptive responses, and this specific excerpt is about the timing and duration of exposure to stressors. These parameters often make the difference between a poison and a medication.
I have a curious nature. I like to experiment with new stuff, instead of keep pushing the same belief buttons ad-infinitum. This helps me, to a certain extent, to remain remote of dietary cults. More importantly, my reward centers are hot when I try new experiments with food and exercise.
In this post I’m going to briefly describe what I’ve been experimenting with over the past few weeks. I’ve written a similar post about a year ago…
The world we live in today is touched by technology like never before. And the trend does not seem to decelerate any time soon. Much of technology has to do with machines powered by codes and algorithms.
Literacy and skill in programming is, therefore, a pursuit that can prevent (or delay) one from becoming obsolete in this ongoing automation. Think of robots, automated factories, self-driving trucks and autonomous drone delivery.
There are way too many online places, courses, platforms and frameworks for absolute beginners to learn programming; and most of them are free.
In this post I focus on my experience with one of them, Sololearn.
Ben Goldacre is one of my current favorite authors. In Bad Science, he looks at flaws within industries and different entities: supplements, pharma, research, ‘alternative’ and ‘natural’ non-sense, and so on. So, he doesn’t take sides. In fact, I’d better say his argument is in favor of developing good thinking skills to be able to spot deception; skills in stats, maths, and psychology to name a few. I think it’s in each other’s power to become knowledgeable of human irrationality.
Should you decide to self-educate, you may be more prepared in avoiding being deceived. It’s not that all these entities should seek your betterment; afterall, most of them are for-profit, so it’s in their best interest to maximize their financial gains, even if it has to do with exploiting your gullibility. Anyway, more soft-rant in the video:
Some of you might have heard about diagnosing different health conditions with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Artificial intelligence is a buzz word these days and for those who know little about programming it might actually seem real. But it’s not, at least not in 2017…
Like Kevin Kelly, I prefer to use AI as an acronym for augmented intelligence to describe learning machines.
So, what do these learning machines do and how come they are so very powerful at certain tasks? Well, let’s look at a specific example.
I’ll be using a machine learning library in Python on a cancer dataset to classify tumors as malignant or benign.
If you’ve been following my channel on Youtube, you know that some of the videos I make are biochemistry related. I just partially completed a series on fatty acid metabolism, which is in accordance to Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry textbook. It is likely that I’ll add more videos to the list in the future. But for now, here’s the ‘partially-complete’:
In his book, Anything you Want, Derek Sivers makes the case for simplicity. Cutting all the unnecessary clutter and getting to the essence of things may make a happier personal life and a business more successful. Here are some of my take-away messages from the book.