This infographic from the WIPO has some classics from the misinformation tool kit. It wants to show the increase in Domain Name cases in 2016 and the relative sizes of the industry sectors they came from. But by increasing both the height and width of shapes used to represent them, the differences are exaggerated. This graphic tries to show that the number of cases has increased by 10% and the height of the shaded square behind is indeed 10% taller than the unshaded one in front. But the width has also been increased by 10%. This is deceptive because the area of the shaded square is 21% greater than the unshaded one. A more accurate representation would look like this: The same error is made in the breakdown by country, but it is especially egregious in the case of France. This attempts to illustrate the 38.3% increase in cases from France. But an increase of 38.3% in both the height and width of a square results in an increase in area of a staggering 91%
I caught an interesting episode of Freakonomics Radio today, and it got me thinking. It described an experiment by Uri Gneezy of U.C. San Diego. He wanted to explore attitudes to competition in men and women and determine if the differences he has observed are innate to the sexes, or if they are acquired from the culture. He conducted an experiment that gauged people’s attitude to competition and risk, in two different cultures. The first was the Masai in Tanzania. This is a very patriarchal society and women are not held in high esteem there. The second culture was the matriarchal Khasi society of India. In this society women have most of the power and make most of the decisions. Participants in the experiments were tasked with throwing tennis balls into a bucket from a distance. The more balls they got in the bucket, the more money they could win. However each participant could chose from two payment options. A participant could chose the first option and be paid $1 per bal
I saw an episode of the Disney Channel's "Lab Rats" today. There's a family of four kids. Three kids are white and one is black. Three of the kids are enhanced humans with superpowers. One of them is not. Want to hazard a guess as to which of the four doesn't have the superpowers?