In this episode I talk about whether there really is a bible code, anti-vaccination beliefs and whether jellybeans cause acne. It’s all part of how we humans love to find patterns in the world and the amount of wiggle room we’re willing to give ourselves to find them. Too often we make the Look Elsewhere error. And not just of everyday folk do this – scientists can as well. We’ve got to be more careful in our thinking if we’re going to find relationships that really do exist in the world – and then make important decisions based on our findings.
- The statistics of the improbable
- Why so much science research is flawed – and what to do about it
- Bystander effect: Famous psychology result could be completely wrong