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‘We’re warned to be careful of the small print, but on a mobile phone, all the print is small print’
‘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’
‘While the library and pool were in full plague mode, I also visited a bustling restaurant that was so normal as to be disorienting’
‘We approve of boundless IP for nice people and none at all for scoundrels. That is not much of a policy’
‘It’s hard to grasp the possibility that we might adapt. Yet we do and we will’
‘Keynes had a knack for making his risks pay off. When he died in 1946, he owned £400,000 in stocks and securities’
‘Debating sometimes pretends to be a search for the truth, but the real goal is not truth but victory’
‘A fragile statistical infrastructure can mean the difference between life and death for millions’
‘For the entire winter wave, one day’s delay to being vaccinated has been riskier than vaccine itself’
‘We can adapt in extraordinary ways if we must and if we are willing to make big sacrifices for the common good’