I recently came across an intriguing story about Stephen J Gould and his
approach to dealing with his cancer. It seemed to me that he was looking at the
psychological impact of his condition in a similar manner to me, but of course many years before I began to think of these ideas.
Gould has a presence on the web which I can access and
begin to build a picture of his thinking about his cancer. Here are two sources of
and an essay he wrote about, amongst other things, interpreting the survival
rates for people with cancer when the median is used as a key statistic to
describe a data set.
Within these two presentations you can sense a person grappling with the
psychological as well as the physical impact of the condition he is confronted
One of the key messages I get here is that I am on the right track with
regards to my ideas around building, and in this case using, a digital presence.
Otherwise how would a person who produced his material, pre 2002, be able to
influence me today – unless I had accidentally stumbled upon his material in a
book (or similar type of document) somewhere. In this case it would have been highly unlikely that this would have happened.