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Ian Leslie is a writer, author of CURIOUS: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, and writer/presenter of BBC R4's Before They Were Famous.
Each briefly threatened to become a pandemic, but those who dealt with them directly knew they could have caused far greater damage.
In 2011, in the shadow of the much-criticised swine flu response, officials prepared a new pandemic blueprint.
The soothing phrase “guided by the science” means very little.
Unearned confidence can infect anyone, though some individuals are more vulnerable to it than others.
If his path to the White House now seems vanishingly narrow, that’s because being a successful overdog requires a very different disposition.
Would I have followed the moral norms of a hundred years ago?
It can be liberating to accept that the whole trick of life is deciding how, not whether, to screw up. And the benefits can often outweigh the costs.
Malcolm Gladwell’s cool, playful intelligence has made him one of our leading public thinkers, and he has a host of imitators. But, in a time of antagonistic debate and polarised opinion, does he still have something to say?
Those of us glued to Twitter consumed more information but knew less about what was going on.
Politics is a game in which the participants must purposefully blunt their own minds in order to win.