Risk savvy

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 20 May

The Theatre

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  • Gerd Gigerenzer

    Credit: Dietmar Gust


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

How do we make sure we’re asking doctors the right questions about treatment? What do the figures of financial investment really mean? Is there a rule we can follow to choose the right partner?

We all have to make decisions which involve risk, whether it is to innovate, have fun, or have the courage to face uncertainties in life. And yet, we often don’t understand the statistics and probabilities and turn to experts to analyse the risk and choose what is best for us. But what if they don’t understand the information either? 

In this humorous talk, Gerd Gigerenzer will help us avoid being manipulated into unrealistic hopes and fears, and make better-informed decisions in our lives.

This event will be chaired by The Economist's Science Editor, Geoff Carr.

About the speaker

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Center for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. He has written a number of books on heuristics and decision-making.

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