What Tom’s Reading: A monthly roundup of Tom Connelly’s favorite books, stories and articles from the World Wide Web

TomAnyone who knows Versant President and CIO Tom Connelly knows that he’s a voracious reader. This habit of mind allows him (and others) to foster imagination, understand the origins of past ideas, learn from others’ mistakes, discover new ideas and test hypotheses.

We are keeping an eye out for interesting stories that Tom reads about financial news, investing, managing wealth, science, current events, and living a happy and healthy life. Here’s what he’s been reading lately:

The Heroism of Incremental Care, an article by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker (“anything by Gawande is fabulous,” says Tom) about the vast resources devoted to intensive, one-off medical procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.

Sharyl Attkisson’s website. Attkisson is one of the few a genuine investigative reporters left. She left CBS to start her own media outlet covering “untouchable subjects” both in print and in news show formats.

Aging in Place Technology Watch, a website covering market research that provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, a book by Michael Lewis, about how a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, and led to a new approach to government regulation.

Geopolitical Futures (GPF), a publication founded by George Friedman, dedicated to predicting the future course of the international system. Geopolitical Futures challenges two assumptions: First, that political leaders decide what they will do and individual actions can’t be predicted, and second, that there is no methodology for predicting non-quantitative events

 

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