Two very different cases reveal the grave risks of misreporting and misinterpretation
- Kenan Malik
- The Guardian
If a gorilla walked right in front of your eyes, you wouldn’t miss it, would you?
Actually, half the country probably would.
In a classic 1999 experiment, psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons showed people a video of basketball players, some wearing white shirts, some wearing black, and asked them to count how many times the players in white passed the ball. Halfway through the film, a woman in a…
Extraordinarily, more than half of Chabris’s and…