The random risks of randomised trials

‘There are perils to treating patients not as human beings but as means to some glorious end’ The backlash against randomised trials in policy has begun. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are widely accepted as the foundation for evidence-based medicine. Yet a...

Big Data: Are we making a big mistake?

Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of influenza across...

Economists aren’t all bad

‘Some research on students suggests economics either attracts or creates sociopaths’ Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently bemoaned the way that “we are all reduced to being Homo financiarius or Homo economicus, mere economic units … for whom any gain...

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