YANSS 043 – The Science of Misremembering with Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons

The Topic: Misremembering

The Guests: Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons

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Did Brian Williams lie, exaggerate, or misremember?

If he originally reported the truth behind the events in Iraq more than a decade ago, and those events were filmed and broadcast on the nightly news, then why didn’t he fact-check himself before going on national television and recounting a false version of those same events? Surely, as a journalist, he knew the original video was out there for anyone to watch.

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YANSS 042 – Reducing Unconscious Biases and Prejudices With Rubber Hands and Virtual Reality

 

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The Topic: Bodily Resonance

The Guest: Lara Maister

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One of the more unsettling recent scientific discoveries is the fact that your behavior is influenced every day by unwanted, unconscious social and cultural biases.

Sure, you accept that some people think in certain ways that you don’t because they’ve absorbed cultural norms that you didn’t, but what about your own mind? It can seem as if once you’ve recognized your own contributions to racism and privilege you should then be able to proceed with a clean slate, rebooted with the awareness of your own ignorance, but free from it.

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YANSS at TEDx: Missing What is Missing

The very nice people at TEDx Jackson invited me to speak in November, and the nice people at TED just posted the video.

The talk is all about survivorship bias and how it skews our perception in the direction of the living, the winners, and the successful. A lifetime of that kind of filtering leads to a very biased view of the world.

TED described the talk like so,”Success stories are often used as templates while the most valuable lessons hide in the history of endeavors that did not end well.”

The talk was based on this post where you can find links to all the sources: Survivorship Bias.

You can buy the poster designed for the article and the talk from the artist at this link.

Thanks to David Pharr and Nina Parikh who organized the event along with several other dedicated and amazing people. It was Mississippi’s first TED. More details about the event can be found here: TEDxJackson – Fertile Ground