RC-Bauplan Embraer RJ 145 Modellbau Modellbauplan Tim Harford The Undercover Economist
  • MESSY – How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration”
    – Malcolm Gladwell
  • BARBIE REYES MAGOS-CLAVE MANSIÓN MÁGICA CASA DE LA BARBIE MATTEL A ESTRENAR THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST STRIKES BACK
    “Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration. He makes the ‘dismal science’ seem like an awful lot of fun.”

  • – Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point”
  • ADAPT – Why Success Always Starts with Failure
    “Tim Harford could well be Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell... Insightful and clever”
    – Alex Bellos, author of “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland”
  • DEAR UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST
    “Economics becomes cool” – The Times
  • The Logic of Life
    “As lively as it is smart, charming, penetrating and wise”
    – Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics”
  • The Undercover Economist
    Over one million copies sold
    “Like spending an ordinary day wearing X-ray goggles”
    – David Bodanis, author of “E=MC2
Mazinger Z Infinity Ver. 1 144 ( Bandai )
American Girl Pleasant Company Samantha's School Dress PERRUQUE de POUPÉE T7 (28.5 cm) 100% cheveux naturels - Vintage - DOLL WIG - Béa

The clash of the two cultures and the challenge of collaboration

But the deepest point of all — buried a little too deep, perhaps — is a practical problem that remains as pressing today as it was in 1959: how to reconcile technical expertise with the demands of policy and politics. In short — have we really had enough of experts?

The historian Lisa Jardine highlights this sentence in Snow’s argument: “It is the traditional culture, to an extent remarkably little diminished by the emergence of the scientific one, which manages the western world.” We didn’t decide we’d had enough of experts in 2016; we made that decision long ago.

Power Hobby 7600mAh 11.1V 3S 75C LiPo Battery PHB3S760075CXT90DIY Dollhouses Miniature Kit Time Apartment With Wooden Furniture Light Gift ToyTakara 12 Neo Blythe Doll from Factory Nude Doll Curly blond hair SD28 + stand

As Snow pointed out in a series of lectures he gave at Harvard in 1960, published as Science and Government, grave mistakes can result not only from a vacuum of technical knowledge in politics, but from a monopoly — the single expert, unchallenged. He cited the allied bombing of dense urban areas in Germany during the war, which not only took a terrible toll on civilians, but failed in military terms by sparing industrial targets. The source of the problem was a flawed statistical study by Winston Churchill’s scientific adviser Frederick Lindemann that no one had both the technical skill and the political clout to challenge. It is not enough to give political influence to a physicist or an economist. The corridors of power must ring with scientifically informed debate.

Project Mc2 Ultimate Makeover BagKaydora Reborn Baby Dolls 16 Inch Lifelike Vinyl Weighted Reborn Baby Girl Do...SG106 Optical Flow Drone with Dual Camera 1080P Wide Angle Wifi FPV C9T0

None of this is to assert the superiority of a technical education over a classical, literary or vocational one, although Snow sometimes seemed to yield to that temptation. We don’t need a parliament full of chemists any more than we need one full of classicists. We need a mix. Like scientific research, good policymaking is now a team effort. It requires different perspectives and a range of specialist expertise. We all must learn to work with people who see the world very differently. That wasn’t easy to do in 1959. It is no easier today.

12 Neo Blythe Doll Mix Yellow&Brown Hair Nude Blythe Doll from Factory js97003Fujimi Plastic model kit car 1 20 Fujimi Ferrari 248F1 Brazil GP 2006

Written for and first published in the INAV F4 Flight Controller FC with OSD Buzzer M8N GPS for RC Airplane Deluxe SY on 3 May 2019.

My book “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy” (UK) / “Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy” (US) is out now in paperback – feel free to order online or through your local bookshop.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Gotz 1820924 Muffin Macaron Soft-Body-Doll - 33 cm Baby-Doll With Blonde...

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

All New Spektrum AR8000 DSM2 DSMX 8 Channel 2.4GHz Receiver 21st of May, 2019MarginaliaResourcesComments off
American Girl Mini Dolls Melody Maryellen Lea BNIB Save on Shipping Gorgeous

Is Thanos a good model for economists? On balance, no

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

5X 11.1V 2200mAh 8C 3S Li-poly Li-Po RC Battery for JR FUTABA FlySky Transmitter
Marginalia

How to be more creative

I was on the TED Radio Hour this week; they were kind enough to give me both the first and the word on the subject of kickstarting creativity.

VISUO XS812 GPS RC Quadcopter 5G WiFi FPV 5MP 1080P Camera Mini Drone Foldable

If you’d like to read more on the subject I would – of course – recommend my book, , which gave me the research base for both of the TED talks and the interviews around them.

But what else?

Perhaps David Epstein’s new book, Range, which sings the praises of broadening your horizons. I’m a couple of chapters in and enjoying it very much: good stories, well-researched. Epstein, an experienced and thoughtful sports writer, points out that what works in sport is actually not a very good guide to what works in life, because in life the rules are unclear, feedback can be patchy, and in general we need the widest possible base of experience. Recommended.

Takara 8 Neo Blythe medium Nude Doll from Factory TBY339Mars Models 72101 Yakovlev Yak-40 early - 1 72

A very different book is A Mind At Play by Soni and Goodman – the first biography of Claude Shannon, one of the pioneers of modern computer science and the creator of information theory. Shannon’s an interesting subject in part because he’s still underappreciated outside his own field, and in part because his creative arc was complex and frustrating. He seems to spend an awful lot of time goofing around and wasting his talent. Was it wasted time? Or was it fundamental to the process? I’m not sure myself. I’ll write more about this sometime.

And I must recommend (again) Twyla Tharp’s a wonderful practical guide to creativity for anyone in any field at any stage of their career.

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Dolls real looking kids xmas gift 22 reborn dolls babies silicone vinyl newborn • MarginaliaResourcesComments off
Female 1 3 BJD Doll Ball Jointed Eyes Free Face Make Up Full Set Clothes Gift A+

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Free email updates

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Previous

Elsewhere

Search by Keyword

About Tim

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL Complete Bodyshell - Body Shell - Red 6717R Brand New

Tim Harford is an author, columnist for the Financial Times and presenter of Radio 4's "More or Less".
Learn More ›

Tim’s Tweets

Power HD WP-23KG Climbing Car Waterproof Steel Tooth Torque Steering Gear Servo

Recent Articles

Handmade OOAK 26” Jester or Elf Doll Shelf Sitter VGC 26”

Popular Articles

Free Email Updates

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new articles by email (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Join 172,667 other subscribers