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October 9, 2019

Why Do We Know So Much That Isn’t True?

A review of the book Factfulness by Hans Rosling Am I Safe? If you talk to the people who run TV newsrooms about how they decide […]
September 30, 2019

How Well Do You Know World Trends?

Can You Beat a Chimpanzee? You may ace every news quiz you take, but how well does that help you know what has been going on […]
September 12, 2019

The Business Roundtable Gets an F and an Incomplete

The Business Roundtable (BRT) now believes that businesses should pursue social objectives in addition to profits. I wrote a post about it a couple weeks ago. […]
September 12, 2019

The Business Roundtable Gets an F and an Incomplete

The Business Roundtable (BRT) now believes that businesses should pursue social objectives in addition to profits. I wrote a post about it a couple weeks ago. […]
August 28, 2019

What Science Says About Anti-Poverty Programs

If you were watching the PBS News Hour on Friday night, you would have seen a piece entitled “A Scientific Approach to Evaluation Global Anti-Poverty Programs.”  […]
August 21, 2019
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How Can We Tell if the Business Roundtable is Serious?

A New Purpose for Corporations? On August 19, 2019, the Business Round Table, a gathering of 200 of the largest businesses in the US, decided to […]
July 3, 2019

Choosing to Blind One Eye

The divine messenger appeared to the peasant farmer. “The Almighty has decided to bless you, hard-working farmer. Whatever you wish for will be granted.” The farmer […]
June 6, 2019

Why I Went to Prison

Step to the Line “All those who have committed a crime that caused them to be arrested and imprisoned, step forward,” the leader called out. A […]
May 9, 2019

How Do We Extend Mental Health Care to Those Who Can’t Afford It? Try Grandmothers and Benches

How a psychiatrist from Zimbabwe is revolutionizing access to mental health care.
April 25, 2019

The Cost of Inequality

Almost every social problem gets worse with greater income inequality and improves when there is more equality. This is true not only for the poor but also for the rich, who have longer life spans and better quality of life in countries with less inequality.