Protecting Sight #261: The transformative power of video games. The 6 causes of CN VI Palsy. Occam’s Razor & the beauty of simplicity.

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 – Herman Narula: The transformative power of video games. “A full third of the world’s population — 2.6 billion people — play video games, plugging into massive networks of interaction that have opened up opportunities well beyond entertainment. In a talk about the future of the medium, entrepreneur Herman Narula makes the case for a new understanding of gaming — one that includes the power to create new worlds, connect people and shape the economy.” (

I’m struck by how social media has amplified our many differences, and really made us more who we are in the presence of other people. I think games could really start to create an opportunity for us to empathize again. To have shared adversity, shared opportunity. 

Herman Narula (Ted Talk)

This is a most enjoyable & eye-opening Ted Talk. Great storyteller. Well worth watching as video gaming continues to grow worldwide.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1029: First year in practice cataract. Congrats Dr. Ludlow on an excellent technique.

3. Andrew Lee MD – The 6 causes of CN VI Palsy – Dr. Lee’s neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes. High-yield insights and pearls.

4. The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien. 2019. “Occam’s Razor.” As medical students, we were taught to always look for the horses & not the zebras. Each chapter is filled with insights and pearls.

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