Protecting Sight #324: Why incompetent people think they’re amazing. Traumatic cataracts, PXF, CRAO, & stroke. The man who cloned Warren Buffett & alleviates poverty through education.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – David Dunning: Why incompetent people think they’re amazing. “How good are you with money? What about reading people’s emotions? How healthy are you, compared to other people you know? Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that we’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities. David Dunning describes the Dunning-Kruger effect. [Directed by Wednesday Studio, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Tom Drew].” (

Excellent talk (5 minutes) on the essential elements of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1092: Traumatic Cataract Zonular Loss. Well-managed complicated case.

2B. Malik Y. Kahook, MD – What’s Stuck in the IA Port?

2C. Richard Mackool MD – Episode 64: Pseudoexfoliation: Protecting the Posterior Capsule.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Central retinal artery occlusion is a stroke!

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are perfect for lifelong learning.

4. William Green, Richer, Wiser, Happier. Chapter 1 , “The Man Who Cloned Warren Buffett.”

I first learned about Mohnish Pabrai from listening to the Investors Podcast. His guest appearances & social media posts are filled with insights. Have loved watching the success of the Dakshana Foundation which alleviates poverty through education.

Green quotes Dakshana’s CEO Ram Sharma, who “has a deep sense of mission that’s connected to the loss of his daughter. He once told me that God had taken one child from him and given him a thousand.”

I collect historical documents and have been fascinated by a similar story of the founding of Stanford University. In 1884, Leland Stanford Sr.’s only child, Leland Jr., died of typhoid fever while the family was on vacation in Italy. Upon awakening the next morning, Stanford Sr. said to his wife, “The children of California shall be our children.” Thus, the great Leland Stanford Jr. University was founded in his memory a few years later. (Stanford history here.)

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