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Simply RationalDecision Making in the Real World$
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Gerd Gigerenzer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199390076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390076.001.0001

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How I Got Started Teaching Physicians and Judges Risk Literacy

How I Got Started Teaching Physicians and Judges Risk Literacy

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(p.1) Chapter 1 How I Got Started Teaching Physicians and Judges Risk Literacy
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Simply Rational
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Gerd Gigerenzer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390076.003.0001

A personal account of how the author came to recognize the importance of statistical literacy, particularly in the fields of health care and the law, and went on to teach physicians and judges how to better understand statistics. Thanks to training in statistics and a year in an interdisciplinary research group, he came to challenge the popular view that humans are subject to cognitive illusions and unable to deal with probabilities. Instead, he developed insight into how, through risk literacy, humans can be better equipped to make “illusion-free” decisions. Beyond its importance to professionals in the medical and legal fields, risk literacy is essential for maintaining democratic societies.

Keywords:   risk literacy, health care, cancer screening, judges, Bayes rule, natural frequencies

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