Tag: knowledge

What are the downsides of information?

When I returned to my desk after the holidays, I read a fascinating piece in the British Medical Journal by Semsarian and Moynihan (2017) who told the story of John, a 32 year old man whose father had given him…

The perils of cyberchondria

My working day got off to a slow start on the day I originally wrote this article, mainly because of Wikipedia! Within minutes of turning my computer on, I was contacted by a woman whose births I attended a few…

A true place of knowing…

“Holding on to what we have been told is true is not the same as having a true place of knowing.” – Jeanne Ohm If that thought interests you, I’m going to be re-posting some articles that I wrote a…

Quote of the month for March 2015

“In olden times, when thunder was said to be Thor fighting evil giants, few people took the myth literally, but it still alleviated the trepidation caused by thunder and lightning. Myths are good stories and easy to remember: they catch…

Putting paradigms into perspective…

“Online content targeted at pregnant women often promotes products, a particular world view, or lifestyle choices, linking them to positive outcomes for them or their babies, but is often not a reflection of the scientific evidence.”  (Jesper 2014). So begins…