United’s protest passenger: Hero or Zero?

Much has been posted in just 3 days about the United Airlines incident in which a passenger refused to give up his seat and was dragged off by law enforcement. Most are outraged against the airline, while others defend it, such as a pilot’s wife (https://thepilotwifelife.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/i-know-youre-mad-at-united-but-thoughts-from-a-pilot-wife-about-flight-3411/) and esteemed colleague Utpal Dholakia (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-behind-behavior/201704/in-defense-united-airlines?platform=hootsuite). As a socalled…

Happy to live in a facts bubble

I live in a bubble. I admit it. My bubble is mostly made of folks who engage in sincere debate, develop better arguments with passion, and then reconsider when the evidence leads the other way. In my bubble, scientists, journalists and leaders retract articles or statements that turned out to be incorrect or even simply…

How Trump won online

Plenty has been written about prediction errors in the traditional polls for last week’s US presidential election. Besides sampling, social desirability bias in answering pollsters is a key suspect in explaining why Donald Trump got more votes than predicted. We share this intuition comparing the traditional phone polls – which had Clinton ahead by up…

United we Stand, Divided we Fall

Much have been said about democracy and elections in this annus horribilis of 2016. The dictatorship of the ‘majority’ is obvious in countries on Europe’s periphery, including that formerly great nation where a foreign friend wrote below post:   Here in US, we are facing a similar dilemma. Strong forces aim to divide us, and…

May the Fourth be with You: United We Stand

Thank you America Thank you for welcoming me and my wife from overseas, Thanks for sharing your abundance, and helping us add to it, Thanks for believing in growth, for individuals and communities. Thank you for choosing the better candidate, not just your tribe, Thank you for toppling dictators, for standing up for what’s right,…