Saturday, March 19, 2022


      In the crazy early days when the Covid-19 coronavirus went global, Scientific American admonished journalists, 'facts about this epidemic that have lasted a few days are far more reliable than the latest "facts" that have just come out, which may be erroneous or unrepresentative and thus misleading . . . a question that today con be answered only [by] informed belief may perhaps be answered by a fact tomorrow.'  Sound advice, and not just for journalists but for citizens too.  So however much news you choose to read, make sure you spend time looking for longer-term, slower-paced information.  You will notice things - good and bad -  that others ignore.

-Tim Horford, How to Make the World Add Up:  Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers

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