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Risk Literacy: How to Make Sense of Statistical Evidence

Presented by: 
Gerd Gigerenzer Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung
Date: 
Monday 7th November 2016 -
14:00 to 15:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
We are taught reading and writing, but rarely statistical thinking. Law schools and medical schools have not yet taken sufficient efforts to teach their students how to understand and communicate statistical evidence. The result is collective risk illiteracy: many judges, lawyers, doctors, journalists and politicians do not understand statistical evidence and draw wrong conclusions unawares. Focusing on legal and medical evidence, I will discuss common errors in evaluating evidence and efficient tools that help professionals to overcome these. Risk literacy, together with efficient techniques for communicating statistical information, is a necessary precondition for meeting the challenges of modern technological society. 
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