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Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American

Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Just as the industrial age produced the laws of thermodynamics, we need universal laws of complexity to solve our seemingly intractable problems
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Big data are the by-productof our myriad interconnections - and complexity & network theories do help us with frameworks with which to deal with the data generated, but what might superficially be perceived as 'chaos'. Big data and complex systems demand new ways of researching things.

 

What we need are some agreed 'terms of engagement' with research, and to assert independence from, albeit with acknowledged synergy with, the more traditional paradigms of research, traditional 'ways of doing' AND assessment. We need new and complementary ways to conduct research and assessment in this new, data-sated, complex educational ecosystem.

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Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education
A space for the connectivity of ideas, people and action relating to complexity and medical/health education, both in theory and more importantly, in practice.
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When Was the Last Time You Asked, “Why Are We Doing It This Way?”

When Was the Last Time You Asked, “Why Are We Doing It This Way?” | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Successful leaders stay curious.
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Curiosity: probably important in most medical practice, and certainly important in medical education.
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Why some of us don't have one true calling

Why some of us don't have one true calling | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone.
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I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up...
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Latticework of Mental Models: Theory of Constraints - 4 pages | Safal Niveshak

Latticework of Mental Models: Theory of Constraints - 4 pages | Safal Niveshak | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
This holistic way of looking at problems is called systems thinking. And Theory of Constraints is an important mental model to assist you in developing systems thinking. It’s the science of looking at the properties of bottlenecks in a system and how they behave. Theory of constraints says that a system’s performance is constrained by its weakest link. Peter Bevelin, in his book Seeking Wisdom, writes –

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Talking of 'weakest links'... this is interesting...
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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.
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We've all heard about 'just-in-time' management and one of my all-time heroes used to talk about the 'whooshing sound of [deadlines] as they go by' -  (Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt 2002 Macmillan) - but is leaving complex tasks to the last minute worth it? Might there be some advantages...?  (...mea culpa, I'm afraid!).
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Quiz: What your favorite music says about you

Quiz: What your favorite music says about you | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that the music you like can reveal a lot about the way your mind works.
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Music is about patterns, as is complexity. Pattern recognition is an important skill for doctors and other clinicians - so what does you music preference tell you about your ability to recognise patterns in education and medicine?
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7 Presentation Tips You Can Learn from World Leaders

Learn some simple rules of successful presentations. perhaps it’s not as easy as that, but certainly we can do better by following these 7 presentation tips.

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'Simple rules' for effective presentations - making the complex simple perhaps?! (PS - I've just published something which recommends 7 'simple rules' too ... perhaps '7' is the new '3'...?)
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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 11, 10:06 AM

Great slide presentation which can be used with students not only as a presentation example but also to talk about great historical figures.

Thanks for the suggestion to SketchBubble.

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The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT)

The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) starts with the notion of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), which are a basic unit of analysis in complexity science. CAS are neural-like networks of interactin...
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'Complex Leadership Theory' is something that I have been teaching for over 10 years at postgraduate level for medical, health and social care students at the University of Brighton, UK.

 

I am so pleased there is a growing literature base about complex leadership, because, intuitively, I have always known it to be the best context in which to teach this slippery subject. This has been evidenced by feedback from my students, much of which has indicated career-changing transformative experiences. 

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The Embarrassment of Complexity

The Embarrassment of Complexity | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Roger Martin recently diagnosed a kind of complexity that is manufactured by us and largely unaddressed: inter-domain complexity.
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What a great phrase - perfect in so many ways. This 'inter-domain' complexity is an interesting concept and adds to the fragmentation/ wholism dynamic in systems thinking. Suffice it to say that I have often been made to feel that I 'should' be embarrassed, by espousing a 'complexity' worldview,  but in truth I have never been embarrassed by preferring this lens to life - it helps me more than any other I've come across - except perhaps Buddhism.

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Quid Pro Quo: A Mechanism for Fair Collaboration in Networked Systems

Quid Pro Quo: A Mechanism for Fair Collaboration in Networked Systems | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it

Collaboration may be understood as the execution of coordinated tasks (in the most general sense) by groups of users, who cooperate for achieving a common goal. Collaboration is a fundamental assumption and requirement for the correct operation of many communication systems. The main challenge when creating collaborative systems in a decentralized manner is dealing with the fact that users may behave in selfish ways, trying to obtain the benefits of the tasks but without participating in their execution. In this context, Game Theory has been instrumental to model collaborative systems and the task allocation problem, and to design mechanisms for optimal allocation of tasks. In this paper, we revise the classical assumptions of these models and propose a new approach to this problem. First, we establish a system model based on heterogenous nodes (users, players), and propose a basic distributed mechanism so that, when a new task appears, it is assigned to the most suitable node. The classical technique for compensating a node that executes a task is the use of payments (which in most networks are hard or impossible to implement). Instead, we propose a distributed mechanism for the optimal allocation of tasks without payments. We prove this mechanism to be robust evenevent in the presence of independent selfish or rationally limited players. Additionally, our model is based on very weak assumptions, which makes the proposed mechanisms susceptible to be implemented in networked systems (e.g., the Internet).

 


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Well...yes, this sounds really interesting and innovative... and something which might benefit the NHS...but what next...?

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Metaphysics and medical education: taking ... [J Eval Clin Pract. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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Complexity = metaphysics perhaps?

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Networks in Cognitive Science

Networks of interconnected nodes have long played a key role in cognitive science, from artificial neural networks to spreading activation models of semantic memory. Recently, however, a new Network Science has been developed, providing insights into the emergence of global, system-scale properties in contexts as diverse as the Internet, metabolic reactions or collaborations among scientists. Today, the inclusion of network theory into cognitive sciences, and the expansion of complex systems science, promises to significantly change the way in which the organization and dynamics of cognitive and behavioral processes are understood. In this paper, we review recent contributions of network theory at different levels and domains within the cognitive sciences.

 

Networks in Cognitive Science

Andrea Baronchelli, Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho, Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Nick Chater, Morten H. Christiansen

http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.6736


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A reminder that complex systems theory is all about scalability (fractals for instance) and that the ways of working of the brain in cognitive science can offer clincial teachers lessons about how we teach in other contexts  - both the classroom & workplace. Just 'think' about it...!

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, May 5, 2013 10:53 PM

 Network and complex systems theory are becoming key cornerstones to many fields, and this paper helps explain the mapping to cognitive sciences. Worth a read.

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Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American

Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It: Scientific American | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Just as the industrial age produced the laws of thermodynamics, we need universal laws of complexity to solve our seemingly intractable problems
Jim Price's insight:

Big data are the by-productof our myriad interconnections - and complexity & network theories do help us with frameworks with which to deal with the data generated, but what might superficially be perceived as 'chaos'. Big data and complex systems demand new ways of researching things.

 

What we need are some agreed 'terms of engagement' with research, and to assert independence from, albeit with acknowledged synergy with, the more traditional paradigms of research, traditional 'ways of doing' AND assessment. We need new and complementary ways to conduct research and assessment in this new, data-sated, complex educational ecosystem.

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Thinking Cinematically in Prezi

Thinking Cinematically in Prezi | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: Steve Wishman is a presentation designer at Prezi. Known for creating rich cinematic presentations for TED presenters and Silicon Valley leaders, engineers, startups, and more, Steve comes to Prezi with a lofty but simple goal: to create breathtaking visual stories that help change the world.  


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Ahhh... Prezi!!

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LucaVanin's comment, May 27, 2013 3:29 AM
:-) i think Prezi creates two team: who loves it, and who hates it! :-)
Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, June 4, 2013 8:19 AM

Prezi realizza presentazioni di grande effetto con il minimo sforzo, ma spesso l'autore non riesce a sfruttare il supporto nel migliore dei modi. Questo post fornisce indicazioni utili e semplici almeno per cominciare nel migliore dei modi.

Ken Morrison's comment, July 9, 2013 10:59 AM
Thanks for following my topic. Ir eally like what Isee on your site as well!
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Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Put learning into practice.
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Cultivating a 'safe-fail' culture is important in leadership, especially in medicine and medical education.
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Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the May 2016 Issue

Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the May 2016 Issue | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Test your management wit in the HBR Caption Contest.
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Perhaps we should really study humour more strategically in medical education...?
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5 Misconceptions About Networking

5 Misconceptions About Networking | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Which are holding you back?
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Networking in complex systems is NOT a waste of time - and the 'weakest link' may ultimately be the most productive...
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Technology Changes, Good Management Doesn’t

Technology Changes, Good Management Doesn’t | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
People don’t follow Moore’s Law.
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I just cannot get my Master's students to do feedback/evaluation of the modules or course content on-line! They really do prefer paper forms at the end of the session...!!!
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The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the...
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Discovering, acknowledging and celebrating failure are all important aspects of making complex adaptive systems 'work' in practice. Ultimately it is about selecting the outcomes which work for the current environment, and suppressing those which don't. Governments (and medical researchers & educationalists) should publish more 'negative' findings from their research projects or pilot schemes - something which is still counter-intuitive for the majority.
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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, December 4, 2015 3:07 AM

Les applications sont sécondaires dans la pédagogie, mais sans elles on ne peut y arriver. Voilà une belle liste.

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#Education #Apps #iPad

Scott Langston's curator insight, December 4, 2015 8:03 PM

I've gone through the 'download every new app and try to play with it' phase and now rarely seek out new apps. From time to time though, it's good to see what other professionals are recommending and using...

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Admit when you fall short: The power of "I don't know"

Admit when you fall short: The power of "I don't know" | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
The most effective leaders know their own limitations and are not afraid to share that with the team that is inspired to follow them.
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Uncertainty and leadership in clinical practrice - perhaps complexity is the key...?

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Complexity in Health Sciences to transform the system

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Ruben Armando Reynaga Valdez's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:31 PM

Health sciences have been a field of classic determinism. Great advances indeed, but multitude of unknown scientific voids remain so far. Complexity research is opening a new horizon full of extraordinary revelations and surprises, advancing the comprehension of complex figures in terms of physiology, health care systems, illness interpretation and treatment, new cures and medical practice. Latin America seems to lead the impulse on this regard, although this fact is meaningless taking in account an enthusiastic global network is key to embark in a real transformation on this highly promisory field of knowledge, so obliged to be nurtured by multidisciplinary approaches, focusing on the possibilities of complex sciences, complex thinking and the creativity emanating from it. 

Multiversidad Mundo Real Edgar Morin in Mexico, is compromised on this research arena. 

www.multiversidadreal.edu.mx 

We would be greatly pleased to share and learn from diverse world latitudes of scientists inmersed on this issue. 

rubenreynaga@multiversidadreal.org 

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How Complexity Theory Illuminates History | 60 Second Reads | Big Think

How Complexity Theory Illuminates History | 60 Second Reads | Big Think | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Complex systems can fall apart really quickly if they tip over the edge of chaos.  (RT@bigthink: How Complexity Theory Illuminates History http://t.co/d0aJNnYr3v and everyday life!
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Will complexity be seen as 'the big idea' in medical education in 20 years time?

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Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe | Theise | Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research

Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe
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OK - this is just to prove that complexity is 'transdisciplinary' - and now even perhaps 'panpsychic'!

 

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Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity | Complexity in Medical & Clinical Education | Scoop.it
Three factors have kept complexity science out of C-suites -- until now.
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...but teachers are NOT managers... we are leaders & and facilitators...

Please do not shun 'Complexity'...you know it makes sense!

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Patient Blogging Could Offer Host of Benefits

According to a 2011 report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, of the 74% of American adults using the Internet, 34% have read someone else's commentary or experience about health or medical issues on an online news group, website or blog. Meanwhile, about 13% of patients blog about their diagnosis or experience.

 


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This will add another dimension to the complex system that constitutes our health care...  

 

What... patients as genuine partners?...come on, now ... you don't mean... what, properly...??... no, really ?? ...  Wow.. so YES then ????  Well...Hoorah!!! 

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