Stories in numbers

Numbers are tricky. Some are too big to think about—like the ‘googol’ (10 to the power of 100), which has so many digits (101) that storing it in our heads would hypothetically turn our brains into a black hole. Even for fathomable numbers, our brains are hardwired to process them like sensory information. Instinctively, but [...]

By | 2017-10-17T13:01:54+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Numbers, Psychology|0 Comments

Anchoring bias

None of us are safe from the anchoring bias. The way we reason is coloured by our experiences, our parents' experiences, where we live, what we do. And little behavioural shortcuts are hardwired into our brains—these might help us make quicker decisions, but they don’t help us make better ones. One of them is the [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:32+00:00 June 7th, 2015|Did you know, Legal writing, Psychology|1 Comment