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The Ignorance Project – a fact-based worldview

An amusing and interesting project from the Gapminder Foundation, which aims to eliminate ignorance with a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. The Ignorance Project started in order to investigate what the public know and don’t know about basic global patterns and macro-trends. They use surveys to ask representative groups of people simple questions about… Continue reading The Ignorance Project – a fact-based worldview

The Economist Podcast: Can We Improve The Way We Die?

The Economist discusses whether we can improve the way we die. As medicine transforms the way terminal patients are cared for, do we risk sacrificing what really matters in the name of survival? The Economist’s global public policy editor, John McDermott, speaks to surgeon and author Atul Gawande about making the inevitable palatable. Listen to… Continue reading The Economist Podcast: Can We Improve The Way We Die?

The Spectator books podcast: The War on the Old

The Spectator has an interesting discussion on ageing. Is there a war on the old? Yes, says John Sutherland, the respected author and critic who is currently Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at UCL. His new book, The War on the Old, posits the idea that an ‘intergenerational conflict’ has risen to the surface in… Continue reading The Spectator books podcast: The War on the Old