For HuffPost UK
US Election 2020
Polarisation in America
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to heal the wounds of division in America, but with a majority of Republican supporters viewing him as an illegitimate president, his ability to unify is limited. Instead, unity will depend on the future electoral strategy of the Republican party.
Statistics and Basketball
For decades cognitive psychologists used the ‘hot hand fallacy’ as a perfect example of how human intuition can lead people to false beliefs. Meanwhile, the basketball community stubbornly clung onto the idea of streaky shooting. Then two economists discovered a pair of small but crucial errors in the original study that flipped the debate on its head.
Viewers of BBC's Question Time were shocked when an audience member earning over £80,000 a year claimed to be in the bottom 50% of income earners. But the tendency for the higher paid to underestimate the incomes of others is more common than you might expect.