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In our complex, interlinked societies, it's increasingly difficult to identify cause and effect. This matters when making policy, because policy is supposed to have a beneficial effect. Linkages are sometimes easy to identify: that between, say, wate...

Charles Hugh Smith, writes about US attitudes to health and safety: If you've bought a new vehicle recently, you may have noticed some "safety features" that strike many as Nanny State over-reach. You can't change radio stations, for example, i...

If you are serious about tackling climate change, the best approach, and the one I've advocated for years - decades - is to reward people for tackling climate change. Not to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and certainly not to subsidise the producti...

Skin in the game

on May 2, 2018

David Bahnsen reviews Skin in the game, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb:When operators are forced to adopt the negative implications of their decisions, poor decision-makers do not survive, asymmetries are eliminated, and the result is a system that is devo...

Targets and indicators are essential if we're looking at improving well-being in our large, complex societies. Currently, though, our targets are chosen unsystematically and incoherently. So we see results like this: One in three heart surgeons refus...

I set out my main reason for voting for the UK to leave the European Union here. It is not simply that the EU has corrupt, stupid, wasteful policies - most countries have those. It's that the EU has no mechanism by which these policies can be termina...

Killing for profit

on Apr 12, 2018

Dr Jason Fung concludes his concise post about the corruption of Evidence Based Medicine thus:So here’s a damning list of all the problems of EBMSelective PublicationRigged outcomesAdvertorialsReprint RevenuesBribery of Journal EditorsPublication B...







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