Very happy for my friend Doug Vakoch, President and founder of METI International, and personally proud to have played a very small role in helping him and other colleagues launch this initiative. Since the earliest potential reply date from planet GJ273b is June 21, 2043, I might just get an interesting present on my 80th birthday! (But I won't hold my breath.)
Another good article, this one on an effective strategy to help ourselves and others overcome confirmation bias, or the tendency to interpret all evidence as supporting our preconceived beliefs: "The moral for making better decisions is clear: wanting to be fair and objective alone isn't enough. What's needed are practical methods for correcting our limited reasoning – and a major limitation is our imagination for how else things might be. If we're lucky, someone else will point out these alternatives, but if we're on our own we can still take advantage of crutches for the mind like the "consider the opposite" strategy."
Great article on how the availability heuristic shapes our irrational fears of small risks, from terrorism to GMOs to nuclear power. "From 2005 to 2015, over 300,000 Americans were killed by guns; 94 were killed by jihadists. The math is simple: Americans are over 3,000 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than by terrorism."
Never heard of this before. There really is a sucker born every minute.
No, you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine. Influenza leads to more deaths and hospitalizations among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. And the vast majority of children who die from the flu are not vaccinated.
Good read on the relevance of behavioral economics to retirement planning.