Why do people fear the wrong things? - Gerd Gigerenzer
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We may know how to read and write, but many of us are risk illiterate. Democracies could be threatened if they lack risk literate citizens. Check our Gerd Gigerenzer's TEDtalk on risk literacy and how everyone could learn to deal with risk and uncertainty.
Check out Gerd's research on the negative consequences incoherent decision making causes.
Do politicians, doctors and journalists understand how relative risks can deceive? Gerd explores the relative risk at the Challenging Models in the Face of Uncertainty conference.
Whether it's information about the stock market or the probability of disease, it's easy to trust expert analysis in our age of big data. Want to know how you can become a better decision maker? Check out Gerd's book on how to become a better decision maker. Gerd Gigerenzer: Risk Savvy: How to make good decisions. Penguin Books. Reading statistical numbers is also important in being media literate. Check out Gerd Gigerenzer's Calculated risks: How to know when numbers deceive you.
For more on navigating around day-to-day media literacy, check out Harding Center for Risk Literacy.
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