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Gale Pooley
How human beings create value for one another
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  • Air Travel Safety Soars
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    According to MIT professor Arnold Barnett, over four billion passengers worldwide embarked on air journeys on scheduled flights in 2017, of which only eight died of airline accidents.1 This would be o...
  • The Fastest Learning Curve in History
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    In 1990 a goal was set to map the entire three-billion-letter human genome. The U.S. government spent $3.8 billion to fund the project in general with a fraction going towards the human genome sequenc...
  • Famines Vanish as Marxism Declines and Population Increases
    10 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    Adapted from Our World in Data - Trend by Pooley Starvation is a terrible way to die. Our World in Data reports that the 1870s represent the worst decade in recent history for famine with over 20 mill...
  • Pianonomics
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Two questions: How many keys does a piano have? How many songs does a piano have? If you answered 88 to the first question you get an A. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos says, “It's a simple calculus...
  • Pickup Prosperity
    05 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Have pickups become more affordable in the last 50 years? We could try to compare a pickup built in 1970 to one built today, but they are almost as different as a Yugo and a Lexus. According to the Na...
  • Malthus Should Have Checked Prices
    02 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Thomas Malthus published his Essay on Population in 1798 arguing that population would exceed the capacity of the planet to produce food. If Malthus had checked the history of flour prices and GDP per...
  • The Collapse of Climate-Related Deaths
    31 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet took this photo of Hurricane Ida on Sunday from the International Space Station. The Gulf coast has been devastated by Hurricane Ida. CNBC reports “Ida m...
  • Mathemystics Vol. 2
    31 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    The other day I asked a question: In 1980 you invite 100 guests for dinner at a cost of $10 per plate. This year you invite 72% more guests but the cost per plate is 72% lower. What is the difference ...
  • Mathemystics
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 3
    In 1980 you invite 100 guests for dinner at a cost of $10 per plate. This year you invite 72% more guests but the cost per plate is 72% lower. What is the difference in your bill from 1980? A: No chan...
  • Population Growth and Resource Abundance
    26 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Are resources becoming more or less abundant? To answer this question we analyzed the change in the time prices of 50 basic commodities from 1980 to 2020. Recall that 1980 was the year Julian Simon an...
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