Monthly Archives: October 2015

Chicken little and child mortality

A couple of months ago I sat down in the bathroom at a comedy event and looked at a poster promoting the works of a large international charity. The poster was dominated by a photograph of a smiling child, but … Continue reading

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Aspartame and other boogeymen

There is a persistent and common belief that artificial sweeteners and other food additives are “bad for you”. This belief is sometimes very vague, but sometimes in connection with specific concerns such as cancer. Googling “aspartame” and “cancer” unsurprisingly turns up dozens … Continue reading

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Multiplying by zero

Last week a friend sent me an a news article saying someone had just discovered that a medication he has been taking for many years “increases the risk of heart attacks”. I related a story to him of how I … Continue reading

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The South African Trap

So I’m in Cape Town, and the wealth inequality is insane. It is like nothing I have ever seen – not in India, not in Malaysia, certainly not in Kenya. Take the 1% from Australia and put them in the … Continue reading

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