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 | , , | Leave a comment

Don’t get duped

Scientific American Mind – January 31, 2008

Getting Duped: How the Media Messes with Your Mind

Statements made in the media can surreptitiously plant distortions in the minds of millions. Learning to recognize two commonly used fallacies can help you separate fact from fiction

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February 5, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, news | , , , , , | Leave a comment