The Truth About Dentistry

This is something that I suspected for a long time. The Atlantic’s Farris Jabr is taking a look at how often do we need to see a dentist.

Among other problems, dentistry’s struggle to embrace scientific inquiry has left dentists with considerable latitude to advise unnecessary procedures—whether intentionally or not. The standard euphemism for this proclivity is overtreatment. Favored procedures, many of which are elaborate and steeply priced, include root canals, the application of crowns and veneers, teeth whitening and filing, deep cleaning, gum grafts, fillings for “microcavities”—incipient lesions that do not require immediate treatment—and superfluous restorations and replacements, such as swapping old metal fillings for modern resin ones. Whereas medicine has made progress in reckoning with at least some of its own tendencies toward excessive and misguided treatment, dentistry is lagging behind.

Film Magistery #9: The Remains of the Day/Regrets

– “When did you last see the world, Mr. Stevens?”

James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day (1993) is, besides being a masterfully crafted drama, a great example of how people can fall into a pitfall of not doing something that will have a considerable impact on people’s lives and ultimately have a greater existential meaning. Many of us are waisting the best days of our lives and we are not even aware of it. In this episode, Dino talks about how Mr. Stevens, the main character in the film The Remains of the Day, realizes too late what could have his life been if he only acted and thought differently. The main subject of this episode is regrets, in this case, regrets of not doing the right thing, the regrets of not exploring the opportunities that present themselves at some point of one’s life.

For more, visit the Film Magistery website.

The Remains of the Day on IMDb.
The Remains of the Day on Letterboxd.

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The best books in 2017

The best books I read in 2017 were:

  •  Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley
  • The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford
  • Smerteministeriet by Dubravka Ugrešić

The year in cities, 2017

I have visited quite a lot of cities and places in 2017. These are all the places I visited and stayed in for at least one night, so here we go, once again:

Nørre Nebel, Denmark
Bad Lauterberg, Germany
Malmö, Sweden
Viborg, Denmark
Garda, Italy
Bosanski Šamac, Bosnia
Sarajevo, Bosnia
Copenhagen, Denmark

My 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 lists.