Humans are notoriously bad at understanding probability – and as a consequence make bad, unreasonable decisions, both in experiments and in real life. When you’re in a hospital, you better hope your doctor knows a thing or two about probability. This excellent piece goes deep on the issue (and serves as a reminder that you should read Kahneman’s «Thinking, Fast and Slow» if you haven’t already).
What if you countered islamic radicalisation with…empathy? That’s how two Danish policemen started a fascinating experiment in Aarhus, after dozens of young men had gone missing, presumably joining ISIS in Syria. A brilliant episode of the always fascinating Invisibilia podcast.
«As I approach the end of my career I feel an increasing obligation to bear witness to past mistakes I have made.» Says Henry Marsh, whose mistakes have ended lives. Great profile of a neurosurgeon who has published a remarkable memoir. From the profile: «He is the Knausgaard of neurosurgery: he writes about his errors because he wants to confess them, and because he’s interested in his inner life and how it’s been changed, over time, by the making of mistakes.»
A podcast from the very loved crew at «This American Life». This podcast asks the question why, although we always discuss and argue with people who have different opinions than we have, we never really change our minds. And if, rarely, we do, why that happens.
(Actually, in the process of choosing this link for the Weekly Filet, I first wanted to share a different link; a video showing breathtaking, rare footage of postwar Berlin. But then I changed my mind. Or, as the great spoken word artist Taylor Mali says in one of his most famous poems: «Changing your mind is one of the best ways of figuring out whether or not you still have one.»