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I’ve just read a recent article in the Economic View section of the New York Times. The article asks What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?. I liked the quotation from Michèle Lamont, a Harvard sociologist and president of the American Sociological Association: “Once economists have the ears of people in Washington, they convince them that the only questions worth asking are the questions that economists are equipped to answer.

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An article about my local council’s worsening recycling rate sent me on a quick investigation of the data and to reflect on the context. “Cllr Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for environment, blamed a fall in the amount of newspapers being recycled.” Hum, what does that mean? I presume it means fewer newspapers in volume are being recycled - rather than the proportion of newspapers being recycled has fallen.

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What I do using the 1000 most used words Cambridge based geneticist, Theo Sanderson has built a great tool, THE UP-GOER FIVE TEXT EDITOR. You’re asked to explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words. There’s been a bit of a Twitter meme to try to explain your job within the same parameters. Here’s my go: I help people who build stuff with computers think about what good looks like