Tag Archives: Risk

Are “nudges” ethical?

Moral philosopher Jeremy Waldron offers this powerful critique of “soft paternalism” or the use of state-sponsored “nudges” to change behavior (emphasis ours): … it may help to think about a slightly different sort of nudge—an informational nudge, where we manipulate the information given … Continue reading

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The Malboro Man has died

Fox News is reporting that Eric Lawson, an actor who portrayed the Malboro Man in cigarette ads, has died from smoking-related diseases. He was 72.

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Coffee and risk

Some “scientists” are now claiming that drinking more than four cups of coffee per day can increase the risk of death in some persons. But, aside from the fact that most published research findings are false, here is prior probability‘s response (via xkcd): xkcd.com

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