Category Archives: Counterintuitivity

For-Profit Prisons 2

Remember my rant about for-profit prisons? No? I said in print and in class that “The very phrase ‘for-profit prison’ should raise a red flag for anyone on the lookout for counterintuitivity. Prison populations have increased seven-fold since the 1970s. … Continue reading

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Does Fame Kill?

Those who claim, such as Kathleen Parker, that fame killed Whitney Houston, must mean that if her first album had bombed she would be alive today. How provable is that thesis? How sufficient is the evidence? How relevant, how accurate, … Continue reading

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India Polio-Free for One Year

Anyone still interested in the polio story will want to know that the last reported case of polio infection was just more than one year ago and did not result in permanent paralysis. Since January of 2011, no case of … Continue reading

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3 More Counterintuitivities

CAN A CHEESEBURGER BE A PLACEBO? This is really hard to believe. You’re all familiar with the placebo effect, I imagine. Patients engaged as subjects in a study to test the effectiveness of a new medication routinely receive one of … Continue reading

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More Topics for Students Looking to Counter Their Intuitions

Bad Economy keeps couples together It seems illogical, but a bad economy might keep couples from divorcing. Of course, the legal process of divorce can be expensive, what with all the legal fees, but it’s also very difficult to split … Continue reading

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Counterintuitive Budget Cuts

I try to keep my politics in check in the classroom and just be upset about everything no matter which side of the House it comes from, so I apologize that the article this post links to has Republicans in … Continue reading

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The “CSI Effect”

Is it possible long exposure to “procedural TV shows” like CSI has tainted jurors’ expectations? Do citizens sitting on juries expect investigators to have DNA results in 20 minutes, or to employ extremely high-tech methods to catching and convicting every … Continue reading

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