2 years ago, I wrote about how the wisdom of crowd can be useful in determining true values. In the case of estimating the weight of an ox, the wisdom of crowd works through a mechanism known as bracketing, where estimates fall on both sides of the true value, such that the deviations cancel out … Continue reading Media Literacy: Crowdsourced Fact-Checking
The term "fake news" was in a way popularised by US President Donald Trump, whenever he attempted to discredit news reporting that he disagrees with. This has resulted in the perception that even mainstream media cannot be trusted, as seen in how American liberals often mock Fox News, and how American conservatives choose not to … Continue reading Media Literacy: Does Objectivity Exist in The Media?
When Richard Thaler wrote about his journey in establishing the field of Behavioural Economics in "Misbehaving", he mentioned about how nudging was brought to the UK. In 2008 just after "Nudge" was published in the US, Thaler was invited to share his work with some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the UK Conservative Party (aka … Continue reading Book Review: Inside the Nudge Unit
In my previous book review, I shared about The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, which is a biography of two prominent psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, and the unique friendship that they shared. Interestingly, the book also introduced how Richard Thaler, coauthor of bestselling book Nudge and the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Memorial … Continue reading Book Review: Misbehaving
After a 2-month hiatus, I'm back to blogging! But with many other things on my plate, I decided to keep it simple, and do some short reviews of books that I have read recently. We will start with a series of books on decision making psychology and behavioural economics (the type that I love), in … Continue reading Book Review: The Undoing Project
This month, I'll be sharing about a topic that is outside of my field, but it is something I have always been fascinated about through my years of exploring the intricacies of various languages. The languages that I'll be focusing on are mainly East Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean. To a Westerner, … Continue reading Do we write as we speak, or speak as we write? Exploring the differences between written and spoken languages.
My Dear Child, When you have come of age and are reading this letter, I hope that the world is still a habitable place for you. However, if climate change has taken a turn for the worse, then I'm terribly sorry for deciding with your mother to bring you into this world. At the point … Continue reading A Stake in The Future: A Letter to My Future Child
In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we discussed about how people are most susceptible to misinformation when it is riding on a trending topic or during periods of chaos. But why are people even susceptible to misinformation in the first place? Has it got anything to do with intelligence? In the … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 3: Why Are People Susceptible To Misinformation?
In the previous post on Fake News & Cognitive Biases, we talked about how people are most susceptible to misinformation that contains some truth in it. But on top of that, there are also other factors that can increase people's susceptibility to misinformation. Time is one of them. The time at which a piece of … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 2: When Are People Most Susceptible To Misinformation?
Whenever we talk about fake news, what most people have in mind is information that is undeniably false. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite that simple. News that are outright fake are easy to detect and debunk, but most misinformation that are difficult to dispel often contain some truth in them, making it hard for artificial … Continue reading Fake News & Cognitive Biases 1: What Types of Misinformation Are People Susceptible To?