Tim Harford

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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(...)

 Sir Ernest Shackleton: objective shifted from adventure and personal glory to guaranteeing a safe return home for himself and his crew.  Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn uses the story of Irish-born polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s failed expedition to cross Antarctica to(...)

Alistair Tosh, head of executive education at IMI (left) with  Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during a Q&A at the Irish Management Institute National Management Conference 2014

Roy Keane broke cover in what has been one of his first appearances since the publication of his controversial autobiography today when he appeared al(...)

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