Tim Harford’s Cautionary Tales

I find Tim Hartford’s treatment of historical and modern events, beliefs (and the superstitions, knowledge and ignorance that underpins these) a refreshing, if not informative take on matters remote and those urgent.

His takes on most matters which range from Galileo’s warning (and its implications in modern times ala Lala land debacle at the Oscar’s a few years ago, and the 2008 economic crisis) to the recent global COVID debacle (and the total lack of regulation for advances in such areas as biology, which though are similar to and can have implications at the scale of nuclear physics – should outputs fall into the wrong hands), are cautionary in nature, as the title of the podcast predicts.

Much like Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell and the two Freakonomics dudes (Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt), Tim, is able to turn the ordinary sideways, providing his listener’s a viewing angle they previously do not know existed or have failed to acknowledge.

I have enjoyed listening to Tim (and his occasional guests) and I recommend his podcast.

Here is a link to the podcast’s home page, though you can search for it on your podcast app of choice as well: https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/cautionary-tales



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