Blood: The Stuff of Life (CBC Massey Lectures) by Lawrence Hill

By Lawrence Hill

In Blood, bestselling writer Lawrence Hill deals a provocative exam of the medical and social background of blood, and at the ways in which it unites and divides us today.

Blood runs purple via each person’s arteries, and fulfills an identical services in each individual. even though, up to the research and use of blood has helped enhance our figuring out of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses via religions, literature, and the visible arts, and each time it swimming pools or spills, we research a bit extra approximately what brings humans jointly and what divides them.

This booklet is an engaging ancient and modern interpretation of blood, as a daring and enduring determinant of id, race, tradition, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.

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Quality change can be very rapid in areas like information and communication technologies. There are also products whose quality is complex, multidimensional and hard to measure, such as medical ser vices, educational ser vices, research activities and financial ser vices. Difficulties also arise in collecting data in an era when an increasing fraction of sales take place over the internet and at sales as well as discount stores. As a consequence, capturing quality change correctly is a tremendous challenge for statisticians, yet this is vital to measuring real income and real consumption, some of the key determinants of people’s well-being.

Several summary measures of quality of life are possible, depending on the question addressed and the approach taken. Some of these measures are already being used, such as average levels of life-satisfaction for a country as a whole, or composite indices that aggregate averages across objective domains, such as the Human 18 M I S M E A S U R I N G OUR LIV ES Development Index. Others could be implemented if national statistical systems made the necessary investment to provide the data required for their computation.

It is also clear that some of the performance was a “mirage,” profits that were based on prices that had been inflated by a bubble. It is perhaps going too far to hope that had we had a better measurement system, one that would have signalled problems ahead, so governments might have taken early measures to avoid or at least to mitigate the present turmoil. , increasing indebtedness) would have provided a more cautious view of economic performance. But many countries lack a timely and complete set of wealth accounts—the “balance sheets” of the economy—that could give a comprehensive picture of assets, debts and liabilities of the main actors in the economy.

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