Have you ever seen a plane crash in a movie and then felt anxious about flying? You may have been experiencing availability bias (more commonly known as the availability heuristic). In this video, I walk you through the problems that it can cause, and how to use critical thinking to overcome it.
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Sinn, Mike P. “Anti-Terrorism Spending 50,000 Times More than on Any Other Threat.” Think by Numbers, 29 Mar. 2022, https://thinkbynumbers.org/government-spending/false-sense-of-insecurity/.
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