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Questions tagged [matt-ridley]

Use this tag for questions about claims made by Matt Ridley.

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Was X-ray crystallography used in DNA sequencing mostly developed by the wool industry?

In The Myth of Basic Science Matt Ridley writes: The discovery of the structure of DNA depended heavily on X-ray crystallography of biological molecules, a technique developed in the wool industry ...
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Which typically comes first: basic science or technological advance?

Matt Ridley claims in his latest book (and also in an article in the Wall Street Journal): In his book he argues: Again and again, once you examine the history of innovation, you find scientific ...
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In literate countries, does more education lead to more economic growth?

In Matt Ridley's latest book he makes many challenges to widely accepted ideas. He challenges the widely held idea that more education is good. For example: Is there any evidence that it was ...
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Does government funded R&D promote economic growth?

In Matt Ridley's latest book he repeats a claim originally made by Terence Kealey (my highlighting): In 2003, the OECD published a paper on ‘sources of growth in OECD countries’ between 1971 and ...
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Was the wild west less violent than the current west?

Matt Ridley's latest book has a chapter on the evolution of government, in which he starts by making the startling statement: The truth is that the wild west was without much government, but it was ...
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Is Matt Ridley's assertion that the most extreme of the IPCC climate projections is based on very implausible assumptions correct?

Matt Ridley, the science writer who is often grouped with skeptics of warming and denialists despite asserting: man-made climate change is real but not likely to do much harm, let alone prove to be ...
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Are fossil fuels making the world greener?

The popular understanding (at least among those who are not climate skeptics) of global warming is that it is likely to create environmental catastrophe for reasons such as spreading deserts and ...
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The statistics of paternal discrepancy

From the book The Red Queen by Matt Ridley: In an astonishing study recently undertaken in Western Europe, the following facts emerged: Married females choose to have affairs with males who are ...