Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Worrier Mentality

by Gary Niederhoff on May 27, 2019

Big Picture Science – Worrier Mentality

Poisonous snakes, lightning strikes, a rogue rock from space. There are plenty of scary things to fret about, but are we burning adrenaline on the right ones? Stepping into the bathtub is more dangerous than flying from a statistical point of view, but no one signs up for “fear of showering” classes.

Find out why we get tripped up by statistics, worry about the wrong things, and how the “intelligence trap” not only leads smart people to make dumb mistakes, but actually causes them to make more.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Lise Johnson / Common Worries
Part 2: Eric Chudler / Concern Control
Part 3: Willie Turner / Fear of Flying
Part 4: Charles Wheelan / Probability Problem
Part 5: David Robson / Intelligence Trap

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