Friday, November 24, 2006

Big Ell's Soap Box

I stumbled across Hans Rosling while avoiding doing work a few weeks back. Hans Rosling is a medical statistician from Sweden whose research focuses on links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Wikipedia has his bio here. He even has an interesting blog.

I find Hans Rosling interesting because a lot of his research seems to debunk many popular ideas about development issues. He basically uses public data to show that many ideas about public health issues are myths. He even set up this site, Gapminder, with his son and wife to help people understand statisitcs and what they can tell us about the world. I am in no position to judge any of his methods or results as any critical thinking or analytical skills I may have had are long gone after a decade on theis island. I do have this video from Google of Hans Rosling from the Ted Conference. I probably would have aced my university stats courses if Hans Rosling was my professor.



Karl said...

Why is it every time I take your link off my sidebar, you promptly start blogging again? That html is pretty tough stuff for me.

Big Ell said...

I am a spiteful bastard. Please put me back on so I can stop blogging for a while. I am very tired.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhhh, the dude comes out and says that the US "less sex" approach is useful as well as condoms.

Now, I know from all of my very smart libertine, er, liberal friends that this could not be true.