Protecting Sight #250: Algorithms randomized a life journey for two years. Fluid misdirection, zonular weakness, horizontal and vertical gaze centers. Acquiring wisdom with the use of mental models.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Max Hawkins: I let algorithms randomize my life for two years. “What if everything in your life was randomized: from the food you ate to the things you did and the places you traveled? Computer scientist Max Hawkins created algorithms to make decisions like these for him — and got hooked on the experience for two years. He shares how relinquishing choice sent him across the world and opened him up to the beautiful complexity and richness of life. It makes you wonder: What lies just outside your comfort zone?” (

A fun & insightful talk.

2. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Deepak Megur – Fluid Misdirection in a case of Intumescent Cataract with Zonular weakness. Dr. Megur writes, “Fluid misdirection during cataract surgery is not an uncommon entity. Compromised zonular apparatus is a common risk factor for having intraoperative Fluid Misdirection which is characterized by progressive shallowing of the anterior chamber and bulging of the Posterior capsule. Since the Posterior capsule is pushed forward there is a higher risk of PC tear in such situations. This video demonstrates one such case.”

Excellent pearls & technique.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Horizontal and vertical gaze centers. I plan to watch Dr. Lee’s videos from oldest to newest! Hundreds of short videos which highlight neuro-ophthalmology concepts. And I’m constantly amazed that Dr. Lee gives these talks without notes!

4. The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien. 2019. Preface & First Chapter (“Acquiring Wisdom”). This book is filled with insights and quotes from extraordinary thinkers.

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