Via Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution, I got to this profile of Hans Rosling.which raised my respect for him considerably. Rosling is famous for his presentations on world health, economic, and wellbeing statistics. He comes off very well, and upsets many of my preconceptions. So I already respected him
What's new from the article? He's volunteered to go to Liberia and help on Ebola statistics. My knee-jerk reaction (I'm a liberal so my knee jerks) is that someone so good at the big picture is likely to be inept at the nitty-gritty which bureaucrats worry about. Not in the case of Rosling. For example, there's a difference between showing "blank" for a county's Ebola cases and "0", a big difference.