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1. A cancelled festival and a fire at a record label provides a double dose of Human Risk in action in the music industry;
2. I highlight a common Cognitive Bias by looking at how pilots react to tales of near-misses;
3. A BeSci Intervention from Las Vegas that encourages people to pay their parking fines;
4. Research into whether complex rules are more likely to be broken is Something that made me think; and
5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that looks at the astonishing failures behind the construction of an airport in Berlin.
1. An Economist’s unfortunate choice of words is an example of Human Risk in action;
2. A pollster who didn’t believe his own poll illustrates an important Cognitive Bias;
3. A supermarket uses a BeSci Intervention to discourage people from using plastic bags with interesting results;
4. UK broadcasters keep making unfortunate mispronunciations of a high profile politician’s name. Why it happens is Something that made me think; and
5. A cartoon that explains how to present detailed information is my Something for the weekend recommendation.
1. The Eurovision song contest provides a case-study of Human Risk in action;
2. A US chatshow segment illustrates some Cognitive Biases;
3. A Netflix employee develops a lovely BeSci Intervention by re-designing an everyday object;
4. An academic paper written by someone who was hijacked is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a podcast, book and movie on the subject of Theranos.
1. A costly order-taking error in a restaurant that became a masterclass in managing the aftermath of Human Risk in action;
2. A Taylor Swift inspired Cognitive Bias;
3. A BeSci Intervention that uses emoji to promote cybersecurity;
4. Research that explores why fitness trackers and habit changing Apps that use “streaks” to encourage us might not be such a good idea, is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a book that explores how BeSci can provide creative solutions to life’s problems
1. A prime example of Human Risk in action at Boeing;
2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias I highlight the power of a technique called Re-Framing;
3. A BeSci Intervention I really like called McMistakes, courtesy of the Golden Arches;
4. Some research on BullSh1tt1ng is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend an exhibition of World War II propaganda posters.
1. What the Notre-Dame cathedral fire can teach us about“Human Risk in action”;
2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias, I highlight something that makes us susceptible to believing conspiracy theories;
3. A BeSci Intervention from Le Monde newspaper that is a prime example of sludge;
4. In Something that made me think, I explore when we’re likely to overestimate our abilities and when we’re likely to underestimate them; and
5. The Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that helps Californians prepare for an earthquake. It’s more relevant to you than you might think.
- Human Risk in action courtesy of British Airways;
- Why rules can sometimes make things less safe than rule makers might intend;
- a BeSci intervention from the World Wildlife Fund that encourages us to use less paper;
- some academic research that highlights a simple way we can improve our chances of sticking to commitments; and
- a new book on the Science of Storytelling that reveals much about how we process information.