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Fear, Scouting, and when can you trust a statistic?

The Data Detective meets The Scout Mindset – I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Julia Galef, author of The Scout Mindset and one of my very favourite interviewers, on the Rationally Speaking podcast. We go deep – enjoy! Last minute notice, but in a couple of hours I’m talking to Gillian Tett about her excellent and thought-provoking new book Anthro-Vision. Intriguing books on my pile, which I hope to read soon: The Musical Human (Michael Spitzer, a recent Radio 4...

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Three talks (come along!), the psychology of magic, and more prediction challenges

Three talks I’m busy in the coming days! Do consider buying a ticket to my event at the Rotman school this Wednesday (10pm UK time, 5pm EST) – a copy of The Data Detective is included in the ticket price and with the excellent Heski Bar-Isaac steering the conversation I expect we’ll go deep. Come along! Alternatively, on Saturday 12 June I’m giving a talk to conclude the IEA’s “Think” conference. Registration details here. Or if you prefer to hear me interviewing someone...

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AnthroVision, more bestselleration, and blockchain scenarios

AnthroVision I’m interviewing Gillian Tett about her excellent new book AnthroVision – details of the event here. Self-recommending for anyone who know’s Gillian’s work – she sets out a persuasive case for the value of anthropology in solving modern-day problems of business and beyond. Chain Reaction My super-smart friend and former colleague Paul Domjan is one of the authors of a new book, Chain Reaction, exploring different scenarios for blockchain technologies in the...

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More or Less returns, dataviz, more prizes, economic growth and a talk

More or Less returns on Radio 4 on Wednesday at 9am BST – do tune in, or subscribe to the podcast. If you have questions or comments drop us an email at [email protected] Still time to buy the Sunday Times bestseller How To Make The World Add Up – and a reminder that in the US and Canada, the same book is called The Data Detective. The Big Picture. If you’re looking to understand how to create effective data visualisations, I recommend Steve Wexler’s The Big...

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Prizes, mindfulness and some very strange dice

Bestsellers. If you bought a copy of How To Make The World Add Up in paperback publication week – thank you, especially since the book was announced as a Sunday Times bestseller yesterday. I am so delighted and so grateful for the support; the Sunday Times bestseller list is often packed with self-help books and celebrity biographies: for a serious book about ideas, it is harder to reach than you might imagine. Thank you again. Another shout out for Extra Life: I’m...

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Scouts, Framers, Long Life and Personal Change

A brief history of Extra Life: I’m interviewing Steven Johnson about his new book “Extra Life” – all about how life expectancy has grown so dramatically over the last century or so. As you’d expect from Steven the book is fascinating – do drop in (5pm ET Monday 17 May at Politics & Prose, online). How to be a different person – for some reason I’ve been reading books about changing the way you think (Julia Galef’s very original and thought-provoking The Scout Mindset),...

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How to Change, unnoticed Noise, and paperback launch week!

Publication week! How To Make The World Add Up is out in paperback this week everywhere except North America. I understand that we’re on the cusp of the bestseller list in the UK, which would be a Big Deal in terms of winning attention for the book – so if you have been thinking about buying a copy or two some sometime then RIGHT NOW would be incredibly helpful. Thank you so much in advance. A wide range of online buying options are here – or of course you can stroll to your...

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Dungeons, Dragons, and Scouts

The Scout Mindset. I eagerly awaited The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef, a superb interviewer and a throughgoing disciple of the path of rationality. Galef is interested in being right, finding the truth, and all the ways in which we mislead ourselves. I was expecting, then, a discussion of concepts such as motivated reasoning, polarisation and various other ideas so prominent in How To Make The World Add Up. But Galef actually plays things differently, and the book is...

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The best books and tweeps about data, long Kahneman interview, and other thoughts

Next up is Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset which looks terrific but which I have not yet read. Meanwhile I have curated a list of the best books for thinking about data, and – seperately – some recommendations of twitter people to follow on the subject of maths and in particular maths communication and education. In other adventures, I gave a talk – with plenty of conversation and interaction – at the World Bank & IMF, kindly hosted by the IMF library. If you don’t...

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Thumbs up from the US Air Force, and other news

Cautionary Tales – why organisations squander good ideas… I’ve been so pleased at all the kind comments from around the world about the new season of Cautionary Tales. If you haven’t sampled it, please do so. I love working on the scripts and the narration, but I’m always stunned by the final mix, with spectacularly gifted actors (Helena Bonham Carter, Jeffrey Wright, Alan Cumming, Archie Panjabi, Russell Tovey and a cast of thousands…) How splendid, then, to get an...

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