Mirroring society

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.

Her life is like a Twitter stream – awash with the fleeting and the trivial. ~ @gapingvoid”

The Internet mirrors society. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, don’t break the mirror. – Vint Cerf” via @quinnnorton

We would like an app which costs us nothing, never has intrusive ads, and never sells to a large company. And is free. ~ @ianbetteridge”

Meet the New Medical Specialist: The Networkologist – via @BrianSMcGowan

Understanding disease is a bit like getting to know New York, Albert-Lázlo Barabási argued in a talk today at the TEDMED conference in Washington, DC. Barabási is a physicist by training who got into studying disease by first examining networks. He believes that the way we currently practice medicine — identifying a diseased part of the body, then working with a specialist to treat the illness that ails the organ in question — is too specific. It doesn’t account for the complex relationships between parts of the body that make up a larger system. Right now, we’re focusing too much on individual buildings and neighborhoods, rather than examining the links between things.

The [issue] is that we’re not solving single problems any more. We’re [addressing] what some people have called ‘messes’. ~ Rod Collins” – via @flowchainsensei

Photo taken while walking through McGill University in Montreal this week.

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