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Health benefits from fasting that was NOT associated with reduction of calories.

Good news, but people in Medicine are a bit slow in getting the very notion of 2nd order effect /Jensen’s inequality and disentangling mentally the first from the 2nd order effect. Which is why few are getting Antifragile or the more general sensitivity to scale of a distribution. In the paper, Longo and associates saw […]

Mechanisms that are First-In/First-Out (FIFO)…

┬áMechanisms that are First-In/First-Out (FIFO) (path independent) do not like variability and volatility (i.e., Jensen’s Inequality/Antifragility) as much as ones that are Last-In/First-Out (LIFO) (hence path dependent). Take diabetes. We are discovering that diabetes is not (as we thought) the result of being overweight, rather the effect of absence of variation, not losing weight, not […]

Socrates used to consider that hunger was the best seasoning…

Socrates used to consider that hunger was the best seasoning… He understood Jensen’s Inequality (antigragility). He would be seen pacing outside his house at dinner time, trying to resist going inside. When questioned by his neighbors, his answer was: “I am seasoning my dinner”. —- Note: there are other sources on Socrates than Plato’s, portraying […]

Tomorrow morning starts the grueling Orthodox lent…

Tomorrow morning starts the grueling Orthodox lent. No animal product for 40 days. Note that both Ancient Greeks and Levantine Semites never ate meat without some kind of sacrifice to the God(s), something that persists in Kosher-Halal rituals. Meat was limited to festivals (“carnival”). — I initially thought that the intermittent protein deprivation followed by […]

By Jensen’s inequality, reading a 200 page novel is less taxing than 20 short stories of 10 page each…

By Jensen’s inequality, reading a 200 page novel is less taxing than 20 short stories of 10 page each. Extend to aphorisms: one should read a small number of them per sitting. via By Jensen’s inequality, reading a 200 page novel… – Nassim Nicholas Taleb.