statistical analphabetism

As Gerd Gigerenzer put it: “statistically, we are all analphabets“. Not meaning that by some statistical measure it turns out that every one suddenly lost the ability to read or write, but rather that our brains are not wired to deal with risk and probability in a more rigorous statistical way. The case is also made by other scientists and statisticians, for example Peter Donnelly or by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Now here is a related, sharp-tonged satirical view by Volker Pispers: What are we afraid of ?

Volker Pispers – Wovor haben Sie Angst? – english subtitles from Jo Do on Vimeo.

And here’s one of his older performances with added english subtitles – amazing how up-to-date the analysis still is:

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