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What We Get Wrong About Technology

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Blade Runner (1982) is a magnificent film, but there’s something odd about it. The heroine, Rachael, seems to be a beautiful young woman. In reality, she’s a piece of technology — an organic robot designed by the Tyrell Corporation. She has a lifelike mind, imbued with memories extracted from a human being.  So sophisticated is Rachael […]

Books about calling statistical bullshit

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A friend recently emailed to ask me for books that might help navigate a world full of statistical bullshit. Here are some recommendations. I can’t think of a better science writer than Ben Goldacre, who burns with righteous mischief. His Bad Science (UK) (US) isn’t always about statistics, but it’s excellent throughout and an essential read for […]

Economics lessons from Dr Seuss

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Language matters. Any poet can attest to that, as can any lawyer. (One recent court case in the US turned on an ambiguity created by a missing comma.) But it’s less clear that we economists have realised how important it is to write clearly. One who has is Paul Romer, the Chief Economist of the […]