If it seems too good to be true, maybe it is.
Shrewd media consumers think about these three statistical pitfalls that can be the difference between a world-changing announcement and misleading hype.
Cycle lanes work in Florence, Italy. That doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
Where are the error bars?
Here are some all-too-common errors when it comes to interpreting statistics, and how to avoid them.
Understanding why time seems to speed up under certain conditions could reveal when we really feel responsible for our actions.
An example of unidirectional cause and effect: bad weather means umbrella sales rise, but buying umbrellas won’t make it rain.
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Today we look at the dangers of making a link between unrelated results. Here’s an…