The spectacular bias

We must remind ourselves again that history as usually written (peccavimus) is quite different from history as usually lived: the historian records the exceptional because it is interesting-because it is exceptional. If all those individuals who had no Boswell had found their numerically proportionate place in the pages of historians we should have a duller […]

We’re really bad at reality

Have you ever tried to mock up the outcome from a series of coin flips? It turns out that we are horrible at simulating randomness. But as a great article in Nautilus vividly illustrates, we’re also horrible at accepting randomness. …when video games truly play by the rules, the player can feel cheated. Sid Meier, […]

How to earn trust

One of my favourite YouTube channels is called Kurzgesagt. They recently released a video explaining why you should trust their short, animated videos on topics as diverse as string theory, ageing and homeopathy. The interesting part is not the deep dive into their research, writing and fact checking process; but that they spend almost half […]

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