Tom Chivers

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  • Oct 15, 2021
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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%,...