Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
A $3.2 billion budget deficit; a 10 per cent improvement in quality of life; 760,000 jobs added this quarter. Confusing, out-of-context, incomplete and flat-out inaccurate statistics no doubt account for a good chunk of our era of information overload – although you wouldn’t want to put a percentage to that. In this video from BBC Ideas in collaboration with the Open University, the UK writer and broadcaster Tim Harford offers three helpful tips for sifting through the noise to find the signal when it comes to investigating statistical claims.
Video by BBC Reel
Grotesque imagery meets religious conservatism in Hieronymus Bosch’s art
Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface
How a verbal paradox shattered the notion of total certainty in mathematics
A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company
Values and beliefs
How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years
War and peace
Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him
A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism
To see the Universe more clearly, think in terms of processes, not objects
Computing and artificial intelligence
How machine learning can help historians decode ancient inscriptions