Covid Skeptics Are Using Bad Math to Spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece for The Washington Post about the way vaccine skepticism feeds on innumeracy. I argued that the fact that so many Americans (so many people, in fact) find it difficult to do calculations that require more than one or two steps, and generally don’t immediately recognize mathematically nonsensical statements as nonsensical…

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I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.

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James Surowiecki

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I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.

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