TED speaker Steve Levitt, author of the best-selling Freakonomics, faced new accusations this past week that he’d made critical mistakes in his controversial claim that the main reason crime rates fell in the 90’s was because of the legalization of abortion in the 70’s. At his blog, he’s just posted a vigorous defence. The debate may be too technical for us mere lay-people, but it’s clear he’s not backing down.
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There have been reports online today that TED has “a policy against discussing abortion.” We’re happy to confirm that that is not true. We’re listening carefully to the community’s concern, and we agree that abortion and reproductive care are core issues of social justice and human rights. In one story, our colleague Kelly Stoetzel is […]
Below, just a few of the intriguing headlines involving members of the TED community this week: TED Fellow Antonio Torres is creating a“living” amphitheater in Lake Forest, Illinois. Made from netted straw, wildflowers and vines, it will bloom throughout the summer and fall while it hosts performances. (Read more about Antonio’s work.) Jack Andraka’s latest […]