The Telltale Signs of a Fake Atlantic Article There is a very small chance that you came across what appeared to be an Atlantic article about the war in Yemen in September 2017. The author, according to the byline, was … Continue reading Deceiving people online
The missing ingredient in today’s debates? Generosity In the early 1960s a white student who had seen Malcolm X speak at her college went to the Nation of Islam restaurant in New York to challenge him on his philosophy. “Don’t … Continue reading Polarisation and anomie
Gigerenzer versus Kahneman and Tversky: The 1996 face-off Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gerd Gigerenzer and friends wrote a series of articles critiquing Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s work on heuristic and biases. They hit hard. As Michael … Continue reading Gigerenzer’s arguments
We Use Less Information Than We Think to Make Decisions One of behavioral economics’ most important contributions is the study of how people process information. The discipline has uncovered numerous cognitive biases and heuristics inherent in how people use data … Continue reading How we make judgments
Justice Is Blind. Sometimes, So Is Prejudice. Last winter a cellphone video of an encounter between a white plainclothes Boston police officer and a young black man made the rounds on social media. The man, identified by The Boston Globe … Continue reading The hidden prejudice
Defaults Are Not the Same by Default Disney World is the land of magic and fairy tales, but even there you cannot escape science. When ordering something to eat, one of us (Jon) noticed that the default choices in kids’ … Continue reading Endorsement or endowment?
Hot People Are Stressful In 2010, when I was 24 years old, I endured six straight months of recurring strep-throat infections before I finally got the green light to have my tonsils removed. Midway through a round of antibiotics, I … Continue reading The charisma effect