On Children’s Literature

Why do we give children the illusion of a world that doesn’t exist and which all their lives they will compare with a harsh reality? Georges Simenon

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 8

If you torture data long enough, it will confess anything. Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 7

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing had happened. Churchill

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 6

It is difficult for a man to understand something when his income depends on his not understanding it. H.L. Mencken

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 5

By “PVCs” I don’t mean the stuff they make pipes out of. I mean “premature ventricular contractions.”

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 4

So there I was, at the end of April 2015, off all my prescription meds. (I still took a baby aspirin and a multivitamin, don’t ask me why.) I was feeling great and knew I needed to exercise, but knowing and doing are two very different things.

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 3

I want to launch this post with a disclaimer – don’t do what I did. On the other hand, the usual advice – consult with your physician – might be even worse, for the reasons I’ll get to.

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again), Part 2

So there I was in early 2015, six months after my heart attack and open heart surgery, taking 12 meds and being urged to add another two to the regime. Instead of rebelling, I was Mr. Goodpatient, passively doing whatever I was told, however insane it seemed.

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Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again)

Recently, two journalists (Tim Harford and Simon Kuper) working for the Financial Times of London attended the FT Weekend Festival. The topic of their onstage conversation was “the nightmare of writing a weekly column.” Tell me about it.

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Central Bankers Then and Now, Part 8

The … task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. Friedrich von Hayek

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