Author: Josh Turknett, MD

Only the weak survive

Our rigid adherence to the Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) as the only means of advancing knowledge in the realm of therapeutics is central to our collective lack of progress in the past several decades. At least inside the walls of the traditional health care system.  Outside the walls of that system, the thoughtful application of […]

The Best Brain Games

I recently had the pleasure of giving evening lecture at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. The topic was “The Best Brain Games for Brain Health and Performance.” While there, I also did an interview for their excellent STEM-Talk podcast.

We are all self taught.

You know that moment when a joke becomes funny? The moment when you “get” the punchline. It’s not something that happens through force of will or conscious effort. It’s no different than when you suddenly get the solution to a word jumble, a crossword clue, or a riddle. All the complex machinations required to find […]

Inputs and Attention

One of the many mythological narratives we’ve constructed around human cognition and intelligence is that of the child prodigy – children who display abilities in sports, music, or academic endeavors well beyond their peers. We’re inclined to accept them without hesitation as innate gifts. That somehow, despite their absence of survival benefit, the brain decided […]