Superchickens 101

Superchickens 101

Margaret Heffernan [ Mindset ] An evolutionary biologist at Purdue University named William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity — I think it’s something that concerns all of us — but it’s easy to measure in chickens because you just count the eggs. He wanted to know what could make his chickens more productive, so he devised a beautiful experiment. Chickens

Willful Blindness

Willful Blindness

Margaret Heffernan [ Bias Networks ]  In the northwest corner of the United States, right up near the Canadian border, there’s a little town called Libby, Montana, and it’s surrounded by pine trees and lakes and just amazing wildlife and these enormous trees that scream up into the sky. And in there is a little town called Libby, which I visited, which feels

Rocking Boat

Rocking Boat

Margaret Heffernan [ Mindset ] In Oxford in the 1950s, there was a fantastic doctor, who was very unusual, named Alice Stewart. And Alice was unusual partly because, of course, she was a woman, which was pretty rare in the 1950s. And she was brilliant, she was one of the, at the time, the youngest Fellow to be elected to the Royal College