As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.
Quote of the Week: “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” Albert Einstein
Humor Break: “Outside of a dog, a book is Man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)
Stat of the Week: According to this month’s Harvard Business Review, more than 11,000 business books are published in the United States each year.
Action Tip: According to the same article, Ken Blanchard’s new book, Trust Works!, doesn’t work. So with that valuable tip, you are only behind by 10,999. If you don’t plan to read all of them this year, I will try to give an assist on Wednesdays, giving you those books that I think should be at the top of the reading list.
Self-Development Corner: Summer is more for fun than study, at least judging from a paucity of new Coursera courses starting next week. For those of you in the health fields you can learn to frame and address health-related questions using modern biostatistics ideas and methods: Case-Based Introduction to Biostatistics (July 22, 6 weeks, Johns Hopkins University).
Or you can join with me in taking A New History for a New China, 1700-2000: New Data and New Methods, Part 1 (July 22, 4 weeks, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). If you like history, this one portends to be a doozy. It promises to look at the history of China through non-Western eyes using “the discovery and analysis of new historical data”. It will either be revisionist history at its best or BS at its worst. I can’t wait to find out.