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Most people want to co-operate, even when it is not individually optimal
The comfort-seeking behaviours of Covid may be here to stay. Is that such a bad thing?
‘The Vulcan is a dramatic portrayal of the mistakes economists make in assuming everyone is rational’
‘While dissent leads to better decisions, it also leads to discomfort. Disagreement is valuable but agreement feels so much more comfortable’
We cannot escape our emotions — but we can take them into account
The huge win suggested for Joe Biden did not materialise — but we shouldn’t expect certainty
A mass programme is needed because we cannot wait for an effective vaccine
Lockdowns called for ingenuity to meet the challenge of staging in a post-Covid world
Demands for extended support are growing, but an Italian judge has put her foot down
There is good reason that we have such vivid memories of our holidays
Cutting edge technology can blind us to the enduring value of workhorses like the 747
But some predictions are false, no matter how much we wish they were true
Rapid data forged UK pandemic policies, but we must know its weaknesses while marvelling at its speed
Randomised trials can be a danger but even when innocuous they can make us uneasy. Why?
The lack of co-ordination on the response to Covid-19 has cost lives
Activities that were already marginal are likely to struggle to return
Laws cannot cover every situation but common sense is not always enough
The virus picks us off unevenly, and an effective response must recognise that
A bloody if minor accident in the middle of the pandemic provides valuable lessons
The coronavirus crisis wiped as much as $1.4bn from Disney’s quarterly operating profit
Complex and adaptive problems cannot be solved with the usual mainstream thinking
We could crush livelihoods to prevent ecosystem collapse — but that would be a last resort
Economic distress is contagious too and we need a plan to stop its uncontrolled spread
‘Anna Karenina principle’ suggests every unhappy economy is unhappy in its own way
In truth, most people act in the public interest during difficult times