Why do people make bad decisions? ‘Information avoidance’ can explain Investors avoid looking at their financial portfolios when the stock market falls. People at risk of health conditions neglect to take medical tests even when they are free. Voters avoid … Continue reading Are you bad at decision-making?
Yes, I’d lie to you When Donald Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, claimed recently that President Barack Obama “is the founder” of Islamic State and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, the “co-founder”, even some of his supporters were perplexed. Surely … Continue reading The era of post-truth politics
The mistrust of science If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. It is a commitment to … Continue reading How hard is to be a scientist
The Liberal Blind Spot Classic liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (and probably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” On university campuses, … Continue reading The benefits of diversity
Cass Sunstein: We’ve Entered the Age of Partyism—It Might Get Worse Than Racism Welcome to the age of partyism. In some ways, it’s now worse than racism. There are strong signs that in the coming election, it’s going to increase … Continue reading Why has partyism been exploding?
Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back) Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and most of all in the Daily Mail. … Continue reading Cognitive biases in science
Does Reading Cognitive Bias Research Distort the Mind? Over break I read The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution by the British historian David Wootton. Wootton writes that modern science was invented between 1572 (when the … Continue reading The confirmation bias bias