Explaining the Facebook data ethics issue: Nazis, topless models & Stanley Milgram

There’s a lot been written of late about that Facebook data experiment. You know the one I mean. The one where, without taking any of the basic ethical measures a regulated scientist would take before undertaking research, Facebook conducted a massive scale psychological research piece. 689,003 users unwittingly took part in an experiment by data scientist Adam Kramer to study …

Britishness: The cognition of difference throws everyone a curve ball…

Britishness has been in the news a lot recently. After the current education secretary has encouraged the deregulation of state funded schools, opting-out from the national curriculum, openly expressed his preference to “empower” faith schools and so on, there is a sudden panic. You see, in an ethnically diverse, multicultural society like the UK, it turns out that giving local …

Hurricanes, cognitive bias and “what’s in a name?” – Gender bias update

Thanks to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America we’ve got a good example of sexist cognitive bias in operation. (See ManVsBrain.com essay “Think you’re not sexist? Think again: A thinking tool for fixing gender bias”). Kiju Jung, a doctoral student in marketing at the university, and marketing professor Sharon Shavitt have published …

Think you’re not sexist? Think again: A thinking tool for fixing gender bias.

Are you a sexist? The chances are you’ll answer that question with a “no”. But how do you know? You might not mean to be sexist, but have you ever tested the assumption with a logical, rational measure? You’ll probably answer that question with a “no” too, because you don’t need to prove it to yourself… because you’re not a …