Curiosity Daily Podcast: The Math Bias That Makes You Misjudge COVID-19

Learn how the mathematical mistake of exponential growth bias makes people underestimate the spread of COVID-19, how crocodiles have survived since the dinosaurs, and how puns activate both sides of the brain.

September 24, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

"Exponential growth bias" can make people underestimate COVID-19 by Steffie Drucker

Crocodiles Are Prehistoric Monsters Who Survived The Dinosaur's Extinction by Reuben Westmaas

“Getting” Puns Means Both Sides of Your Brain Are Working Together by Reuben Westmaas

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