Protecting Sight #284: Lessons from the philosophy of water. Spiral out capsulorhexis & IIH in pregnancy. On Writing Well.

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 – Raymond Tang: Be humble — and other lessons from the philosophy of water. “How do we find fulfillment in a world that’s constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he’s now applying to his everyday life. In this charming talk, he shares three lessons he’s learned so far from the ‘philosophy of water.’ ‘What would water do?’ Tang asks. ‘This simple and powerful question … has changed my life for the better.'” (

Superb Ted Talks often include wisdom from classic books. This is one of those talks.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1052: Spiral Out Capsulorhexis. Excellent technique.

3. Andrew Lee MD – IIH in Pregnancy.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes each. Perfect for the busy clinician & trainee. I plan to watch one a day, from oldest to newest.

4. William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. I remember learning about this book in high school. Should have picked up back then! Intro and Chapter 1.

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