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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Packing up for your holiday trip home? For the downtime from eggnog, food and family, consider bringing a couple of these excellent novels from TED speakers whose talks were published this year. Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel, The Age of Miracles, quickly took off when it was published last year. Walker imagines a world in […]
How a two-minute tactic from a TED Talk helped Manish Dayal crystallize his character in The Hundred-Foot Journey
In The Hundred-Foot Journey, a young chef named Hassan transcends the kitchen of his family’s boisterous Indian restaurant, charms the icy proprietress of the Michelin-starred French restaurant across the street, and tries his hand at becoming a top chef in Paris. The story unfolds over the course of years, and actor Manish Dayal came up […]