This is your brain on an inappropriate statistical threshold


"This picture occasionally does the rounds on Twitter, often spurred by tweets from the kind of evidence-phobic accounts that publish whole lists of mind-blowing 'facts', at least 50% of which are made up. This picture has also spurred about a billion blog posts, somewhat unsurprisingly, written by the kind of people who like to get their scientific evidence from a single image on Twitter."

Previously, previously.

4 Responses:

  1. James says:

    The DNI "IARPA" put out a procurement request this month about trying to understand subcortical neural competition. It was obviously part of their fNMI lie detector series, but they at least made a nod towards trying to support basic neuroscience research. Like all those decades of transcription speech competitions.

  2. thielges says:

    Aye. One project I've wanted to start is to create a blog/book that takes seemingly reasonable sayings, studies, and other information that we consume as "common sense" and debunk the stuff that is just plain wrong. Considering how much pseudoscience and wrong thinking affects actual political events, knowing the truth could save the world.

    But then all that is based on the wrong expectation that people are more interested in counterintuitive truth than sensationalism that aligns with their prejudices. Pull the wool over your own eyes!