Entries by Neil Hiltunen

The Knowledge Illusion

The Knowledge Illusion, Why we Never Think Alone,  by Steven Sloman and Phiip Fernbach, Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House, NY, NY 2017   Though we may assume that we think for ourselves, most of our actions are influenced by the thoughts and actions of those in our environment and long established paradigms. This book provides insight […]

The Power of Words

Often we really don’t think about the words we use.  We just make assumptions about their meanings based on our life experiences with them.   The science of neurolinguistics tells us that the words we use to describe and understand a situation are closely related to our experience with that word or situation, and our understanding […]

Teledentistry Conference

First Meeting of the American TeleDentistry Association University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health June 8, 2019 The first meeting of the ATDA was held on June 8, 2019, and was very informative.  On several levels it seems that teledentistry can provide exciting opportunities for our ARD members.  These opportunities can be either non-profit […]

The Passion Paradox

The Passion Paradox, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, Rodale Books, 2019. Excellent book.  An important comment in this book is “The best route to making your passion a bigger part of your life is to do so gradually.”   I think this is true for retiring as well. Knowing yourself is key to following a passion […]

The Hacking of the American Mind

The Hacking of the American Mind, Lustig, Robert, MD, MSL, Avery, Penguin Random House, NY 2017,  Dr. Lustig is a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has studied how our behaviors including diet and exercise influence our physical and mental state from birth. He clarifies the difference between pleasure and happiness through the understanding of the actions of […]

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Meeting Summary

Dr. Neil Hiltunen and Dr. Alan Roadburg made presentations to a small group aboard the Oasis of the Seas during a cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten during the week of March 24-30, 2019.  The small group allowed for informal conversations that were inspired by the many topics offered in the formal presentations. […]

The Rational Optimist

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley, Harper Collins, NY 2011, It is a pleasure to read about the positive trends and innovations of history and see how they can lead to a very bright future.  The ingenuity and creativity of mankind has overcome seemingly insurmountable problems in the past and there is little reason to […]

The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project, by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D..  Starting in 1921, 1500 California school children were studied as they grew, aged, and died over the next 80 years. Surprising discoveries regarding health and long life were made. Personalities and habits of living proved to be the major factors influencing longevity.  […]

The First 20 Minutes

The First 20 Minutes, The surprising science of how we can exercise better, train smarter and live longer, by Gretchen Reynolds, Icon Books, London, 2013. For those of us retiring, the most important part of this book is the last chapter, “Conclusion,” in which the author describes the negative effects of sitting.  Sitting for long […]