A new study reiterates a long-standing evolutionary conundrum So Man flu is not a myth, because testosterone inhibits the immune response. This has been known to biologists for ages. In The Red Queen, I challenged readers to explain why bodies should be designed that way: why set up an immune system in such a way that it […]
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Between 1970 and 2006, the global poverty rate has been cut by nearly three quarters. Looking past the title (“Parametric Estimations of the World Distribution of Income”), an interesting NBER paper from Maxim Pinkovskiy and Xavier Sala-i-Martin shows that in spite of an 80% increase in population between 1970 and 2006, poverty rates have fallen by the […]
Very nice piece of rational optimism