Tim Harford

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The Government has agreed to reimpose Level 5 restrictions, with some modifications, due to the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. Non-essential retail will be permitted to stay open, but shops will be asked not to hold sales. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The country was left reeling yesterday after Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the re-imposition of Level 5 restrictions after Christmas. You can rea(...)

Amid all the good news on Covid vaccine, many obstacles remains to its successful rollout

The race to find an effective vaccine appears to be on the home straight. The same cannot be said of the race to roll it out everywhere. Preparing to (...)

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. W

The world has a technology problem. By that, I mean that we currently lack the technology to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t have a cheap(...)

English economist and journalist Tim Harford has a podcast called Cautionary Tales. File photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Why do we tell our children fairytales? Let’s be honest, it’s not just to entertain them but to also teach moral lessons on the value of sharing, bein(...)

There’s the  ‘Wagner meeting’ (of epic length), the ‘mushroom meeting’ (appears suddenly, multiplies rapidly) and the ‘Stonehenge meeting’ (it’s been a fixture for ages but nobody knows why). Photograph: iStock

I rely on Google Calendar to tell me where I am supposed to be, when and with whom. When the service collapsed for an afternoon recently, it felt like(...)

 Neil Woodford: his reputation lies in ruins.

For years, Neil Woodford was regarded as Britain’s answer to Warren Buffett, an iconic fund manager who could be relied upon to beat the market. Now, (...)

Post-truth drove into our lives in the shape of the Brexit bus and its claim that the UK could save £350 million a week through cutting contributions to the EU budget after Brexit. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Fake news, having made our acquaintance in 2016 with the election of President Trump, had another big year. The people in Collins dictionary named it (...)

Vaxxed  has been banned by many cinemas over its purported linking of the MMR vaccine  to autism

There were 772 new cases of autism diagnosed among Irish children last year – a record high. The rise is attributed to better evaluation procedures an(...)

For me, the only grit I have is created continuously through the practise of regular running. Photograph: iStockphoto

Last week, an old friend sent me a “grit” questionnaire. I nearly fainted with joy at the prospect of having my levels of grit measured. The creato(...)

Donal Trump  tweeted an infographic about crime which had it that 81 per cent of white murder victims were killed by black people. The source of this figure was given in the tweet as “the Crime Statistics Bureau – San Francisco” - which turned out not to exist. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Dr Harry Frankfurt is the professor of bullshit at Princeton University. The esteemed analytic philosopher rose to this position due to a now famous e(...)

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