Marginalia

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Misinformation can be beautiful

Chapter nine of "The Data Detective" / "How To Make The World Add Up" is all about data visualisation - its power, and its pitfalls. The overarching story is about how one woman launched a public health revolution, armed with a fancy pie chart. I'm fond of the chapter...

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Adam Grant on Thinking Again

I’m delighted to be sharing a publication day, 2 February, with Adam Grant and his new book, Think Again. Well, mostly delighted: that’s one fewer slot on the bestseller lists for me to aim for. Think Again is a stone cold classic and destined to do extremely well....

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The best podcasts about Covid vaccines

While working on How To Vaccinate The World, a weekly podcast devoted to Covid vaccination, I've been a voracious consumer of other podcasts about vaccination and the vaccination race. Here are a few recommendations - feel free to email me if you have other...

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My New Year’s resolution

I occasionally listen to the oddly-named but excellent "Art of Manliness" podcast, and a recent episode brought me up short. It was an interview with Gregg Krech, author of "Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese art of self-reflection". Krech suggested a practice...

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