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A crash course in changing the world.

I urge everyone who is interested in changing the world to listen to this 13 minute talk by Esther Duflo
She shows how scientific method and trials can evaluate the efficacy of aid campaigns. She tells us that we can forget opinions and guess work and work towards real understanding and practical knowledge.


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Comment by Gabriel Martin on May 3, 2010 at 7:35pm
thanks, Im on it
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on May 7, 2010 at 8:06pm
This is excellent, PJE. It reminds me of what my father told me years ago when I was a teenager. He's a geneticist and I asked him why he didn't think we should be focusing all or most of our research money on something like curing cancer. He said the reason was that cancer was a big, complex problem-- if it weren't, we'd already have a cure. So what we needed to do was to start trying to answer a lot more of the many questions which are actually rather simple but which nobody had really bothered to study. There was so much, he said, that we didn't know about biology and inheritance. Any one of them, or perhaps a large number of them, could end up being important to understanding how to go about curing cancer.

I've noticed the same principle at work in many other things since then: the fastest way to a solution is often by the indirect path.
Comment by Jeremy Laird Hogg on May 15, 2010 at 6:33am
Saw that recently. Twas awesome. We also need such studies on the end of procuring funds - what works best for that too. cost benefit wise.

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