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Guide to Statistics in a Mis-Leading Age: Tim Harford

Great insights from Tim Harford in the UK Financial Times: “The best financial advice for most people would fit on an index card.” That’s the gist of an offhand comment in 2013 by Harold Pollack, a professor at the University … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias Ilustrated

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Confirmation Bias

I have recently been fascinated by an argument I have been having in which one of the parties is suffering from a severe case of Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or ‘my side bias’) This is a tendency of people to favor … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias and Climate Change

Someone just asked my conflict favourite question: ‘What would it take to change your mind?’ It was in an excellent article by Tom Chivers in yesterday’s UK Daily Telegraph. Read it. It might change your mind but remember the impact … Continue reading

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