You Do the Math(s) 1
Maths & Humans
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
– Immanuel Kant
Welcome to Basic Science Clinic Crit Think. Our Raw Science series is to provide content for the new programs that you are writing for your intracranial wet-wear, Crit Think is the upgrade of your operating system. The study and understanding of the process, structure and potential pitfalls of thought, i.e. thinking about thinking or metacognition, helps you to integrate the knowledge you are acquiring and then apply it with scientific rigor, making you a safer, skeptical, rational bedside empiricist. Create the good habits of data seeking and analytics to emulate the best consultants, with their granular, high fidelity knowledge and their near preternatural ability of pattern recognition that leads to the right intervention just in a nick of time.
This series will include mathematics. What Latin is to language, maths is to science. Without maths there is no science. We will go on to cover: logic, reasoning and logical fallacies; the art of clinical decision making, heuristics, cognitive biases; educational theory; introduction to ethical principles. In the informational age, with ready available knowledge on the end of a digital swipe, there is an even greater imperative that in your nascent development as a clinician you consider these key components of the structure of your most potent, yet potentially deceptive tool, for knowledge application and making critical decisions over seconds to minutes that may be life-saving.
In this pod we’ll cover:
- What is maths and where do we get it from?
- What has been the timeline of the development of Maths?
- So what about numbers themselves?
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