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Thanks; I hadn't checked the Wikipedia current events page much previously, but I really like it.

Do you have any thoughts on how specifically the Wikipedia stuff is biased? I'm imagining that there isn't a general tendency, and it's more that  specific entries are biased in specific ways that it's hard to spot if you don't have background knowledge on the area.

Thanks; I forgot about the headline version. I've now removed.

Thanks so much for this! If this is pedantry, I am very pro pedantry :)

I think this makes my 'Humans launch 5 objects into space' section sufficiently dubious that I've removed it, but pasting here in the context of your comment:

Humans launch 5 objects into space.

It’s only in the last 8 years that the number of objects launched into space each day has exceeded 1.

there seems to be a large variance in how comfortable people are with numbers, but I think this is surmountable

Wanting to flag that my background is entirely qualitative, and I spent many years thinking this meant that I couldn't do things with numbers. I now think this is false, they aren't magic, and you don't need to have deep aptitude for maths/technical training/a background in stats to be able to fiddle around with basic numbers in a way that helps you think about things.

I've changed the wording to make it clearer that I mean deaths per human per minute. I don't want to change it to second; for me dying in the next minute is easier to imagine/take seriously than dying in the next second (though I imagine this varies between people).

Yes, you are completely right. I've added 'farmed' now; thanks for picking this up.

Thanks for the link to Saulius' post; it's great and I recommend people check it out.

On the trillion wild birds: yeah you're right, it's too high - should be 100 billion instead. Thanks for the spot; have changed.

The number is on p. 89 in the supplementary materials - but importantly it's just aorder of magnitude, rather than a specific estimate. So it's consistent with Tomasik's range.

Yes! Thanks for the spot; updated now.

Thanks for picking this up Wayne!

The mistake I made was number of people: it should have read 115 other people, not one. I did mean minute, and the number of animals is 1/116 to get a number of animals per human, rather than 1/60 to get a number of animals per second.

I've corrected the number now. (Thanks also to someone else who messaged me about the error.)

Thanks Elias, I think you're right.

Isaac, I've tried to make this clearer in the table in the post.

[Also by happy chance this process made me notice that I'd lost all of my footnotes in the process of transferring from google docs, which I've now fixed. Thanks both for indirectly causing me to notice this.]

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