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On our reading list: Nate Silver’s new book The Signal and the Noise

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

One might ask Nate Silver, the data whiz behind FiveThirtyEight.com, which shot to prominence after providing eerily accurate forecasts of the 2008 election, what makes for good predictions. His answer will come as a surprise. In his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t, Silver explains the […]


The week in comments

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

This was an especially lively week on the TED commenting front, as our community tackled debates on swine flu, race and politics, and globalization. These amazing discussions can get a little heated — so we appreciate that there always seems to be a voice of reason that emerges from the group to soothe frazzled nerves […]


Race and the city: An exclusive interview with Nate Silver

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

In his TEDTalk, blogger and statistics whiz Nate Silver explained how race may have affected the 2008 election. In this interview with the TEDBlog he further explores the relationships between urban spaces, race and President Obama. Here’s an excerpt: I see Obama as being our first urban president in a long time. His racial heritage […]


The week in comments

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

If we had to choose a theme for this week’s comments, it would be Interaction Now. Usually, the highlights are reserved for your one-off quips, but from the themes of the talks, to speakers commenting on their own TEDTalks, to lightning-fast replies on threads, it was all about talking it out. On Margaret Wertheim’s TEDTalk: […]


Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections: Nate Silver on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Stats whiz Nate Silver suggests answers to controversial questions about race in politics, such as: Did Obama’s race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance. (Recorded at TED@PalmSprings 2009, February 2009, in Palm Springs, California. […]