He's an MD in Portugal working on a ICU, the author of two great iPhone apps: CodeCPR and Infusion and trying to build a website about hemodynamic monitoring.
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Like I'm Five

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'Am I taking care of you? I have a thesis to write!' 'My parents are at their house; you visited last--' 'No, no, explain like you're five.'
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Romanikque
2328 days ago
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Leave Denzel alone! Leave him alone!
Baltimore, MD
udont
2329 days ago
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I think it is great phrase to use and I am not going to hesitate using it. I don't think it makes me look dumb.
sulrich
2330 days ago
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it's nice to see at least a hint of backlash against the dumbing down of everything.
nickoneill
2330 days ago
Disagree entirely. A lot of ELI5 is not dumbing down, it's dejargonizing topics that are hard to understand without significant experience in the field.
benzado
2330 days ago
Can you explain "dejargonizing" like I'm five?
hobbified
2330 days ago
@nickoneill: which creates more people who falsely believe they understand, but not more understanding.
stefanetal
2330 days ago
"creates more people who falsely believe they understand." Yes! Management by powerpoint illusion of understanding.
DiscoStud
2329 days ago
I am not sure I understand why people are upset at the idea of trying to help explain complex topics to people who might not understand every aspect of it. For every person who "falsely believes they understand" a topic might there be people who are more engaged and interested in a topic that had previously been obtuse to them?
stefanetal
2329 days ago
It's the 'things should be as simple as possible and no simpler' issue --- you can be pushed into 'fake explanations' that are misleading, especially if you need to get something approved/sold.
benzado
2329 days ago
I don't think anybody is upset about trying to effectively communicate complex topics. What's problematic is "like I'm five", which is sometimes the right level of complexity, but more often not. Depending on the context is can be mildly insulting to one or both parties, and it also suggests that the burden is entirely on the person giving the explanation, rather than the listener making an effort to understand.
discostu
2328 days ago
Except as nickoneil points out, most explanations on r/eli5 are not actually for 5 year olds and mostly de-jargonized and accessible. They may lack a lot of the subject's nuisance, but they are not insulting.
colaco
2331 days ago
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Alt-text: "'Am I taking care of you? I have a thesis to write!' 'My parents are at their house; you visited last--' 'No, no, explain like you're five.'"
Amora, Setubal, Portugal

Career

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They'd convince me to come out of retirement for one last job: biting into a giant lump of slightly soft wax a couple of times.
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colaco
2373 days ago
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Alt-text: "They'd convince me to come out of retirement for one last job: biting into a giant lump of slightly soft wax a couple of times."
Amora, Setubal, Portugal

Types of Editors

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m-x machineofdeath-mode
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Dadster
2382 days ago
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Missing category: http://youtu.be/8krq5V1C03I
New Hampshire
brico
2384 days ago
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//
Brooklyn, NY
istoner
2384 days ago
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An emacs joke AND a Machine of Death joke! A great start to the day...
Saint Paul, MN, USA
colaco
2385 days ago
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Alt-text: "m-x machineofdeath-mode
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Amora, Setubal, Portugal

undefeated

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i_know_someone_like_this_but_im_pretty_sure_she_just_does_it_to_torture_me
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tante
2392 days ago
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Undefeated
Berlin/Germany

Land Mammals

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Bacteria still outweigh us thousands to one--and that's not even counting the several pounds of them in your body.
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stefanetal
2391 days ago
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I find this depressing.
Northern Virginia
crowmagnumb
2392 days ago
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Amazing graph
Portland, OR
lamontcg
2392 days ago
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If they animated this starting around 100,000 years ago I suspect I would get kind of depressed...
CarlEdman
2391 days ago
I'd be proud.
colaco
2392 days ago
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Alt-text: "Bacteria still outweigh us thousands to one--and that's not even counting the several pounds of them in your body."
Amora, Setubal, Portugal

Frequency

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This comic shows estimated average frequency. I wanted to include the pitch drop experiment, but it turns out the gif format has some issues with decade-long loops.
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jchristopherslice
2398 days ago
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amazing
Clemson, SC
Chachafance
2404 days ago
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Genius!
Eufaula, AL
chrisminett
2404 days ago
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Superb
Milton Keynes, UK
brico
2406 days ago
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What universe does he live in that has so few bike thefts?
Brooklyn, NY
tomazed
2406 days ago
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Awsome!
shamgar_bn
2407 days ago
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You had me at the blinkers...
Wake Forest, North Carolina
rgsunico
2407 days ago
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Wow.
Quezon City
thelem
2407 days ago
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That's taught me that nearly every time someone edits wikipedia, someone dies. I'm going to be much more careful with my wikipedia edits!
Brighton, UK
joshhsoj1902
2407 days ago
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nicely done!
Ottawa
dc3
2407 days ago
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brilliant
Carlsbad, CA
traggett
2408 days ago
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Title: "This comic shows estimated average frequency. I wanted to include the pitch drop experiment, but it turns out the gif format has some issues with decade-long loops."
Hong Kong
colaco
2408 days ago
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Note: this should be a grid of animated GIFs. To see it you must go xkcd.org.
Amora, Setubal, Portugal
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