Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

What should you really fear?

Our “anecdotal” brain sucks up all the sensational news the media (vying for higher ad revenues) can muster. This results in some skewed gut feelings of what we should be afraid of.

Wired’s book review of Dan Gardner’s The Science of Fear includes a quiz that is worth taking. For example,

What was the total death toll of the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

  1. 3,000
  2. 4,595
  3. 20,000

August 7, 2008 - Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, statistics | , ,

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