Oct 15, 2021
Prince William Is Wrong: Let Bezos Go to Space
Jeff Bezos has spent something like $7 billion on going to space. Fortune put it at “at least” $5.5 billion in July, but Bezos has said he was spending about a billion a...
Sep 23, 2021
Are Diet Pills Immoral?
The other day, I ate a fake burger. It looked, felt and tasted like a burger, even quite a good burger. If you had simply handed it to me and not said “this is a new high-tech...
Sep 8, 2021
The Left's Science Denial
Cassie Jaye is the director of the documentary The Red Pill about the “men’s rights activism” (MRA) movement. She gave a TEDx talk a few years ago about her plan to...
Sep 5, 2021
The Right Way to Look at the Bangladesh Mask Study
There’s a row going on about a study into masks. The researchers took 300,000 people in Bangladeshi villages. To hugely oversimplify: in half of the villages, they promoted...
Aug 31, 2021
How Not to Talk to a Science Denier
Imagine you bought a book with the title How to Talk to A Contemptible Idiot Who Is Kind of Evil. You open the book, and read the author earnestly telling you how important it is...
Aug 15, 2021
Who Would Kill Children to Save the Planet?
Two things. First, economic growth saves children’s lives. That is one of the most basic, starkest facts about the modern world. Second, there is a thing called the...
Jul 27, 2021
Are Climate Scientists Guilty of Groupthink?
There’s a problem with writing about science — any science — which is that scientists are human like the rest of us. They are not perfect disembodied truth-seeking...
May 16, 2021
The Dangers of New Technologies Are Overblown
Each generation has its own moral panic about emerging technologies. Silent movies were said to provoke crime; violent TV and, later, violent video games said to cause...
Apr 19, 2021
The Obscure Theorem Governing COVID Testing
Maths quiz. If you take a Covid test that only gives a false positive one time in every 1,000, what’s the chance that you’ve actually got Covid? Surely it’s 99.9%,...
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