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Innumeracy

A talk by John Feminella

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January 4, 2011 1:00 PM

Inova Solutions, 110 Avon Street, Charlottesville, VA

Inova Solutions, 110 Avon Street, Charlottesville, VA

Our intuition is often strikingly wrong when we make estimates,particularly about probabilities and other abstract mathematical concepts. Decades of sub-par mathematics and science education are ruining our ability to make critically important evaluations of the world around us. This has potentially disastrous consequences on a range of topics, whether it's about estimating our risk of being in a terrorist attack or how long a trip will take.

In this talk, we'll identify some of the most common mental traps and how you can avoid them, and thus be better equipped to make your own estimates in the future.

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