Cognitive Bias and the Gun Debate

I teach a course at my Canadian university on the Psychology of Thinking and in this course, we discuss topics like concept formation, decision making, and reasoning. Many of these topics lend themselves naturally to the discussion of current topics and in one class last year, after a recent mass shooting in the US, IContinue reading “Cognitive Bias and the Gun Debate”

The Unintended Cruelty of America’s Immigration Policies

It is well documented that the Trump administration is pursing a senselessly cruel policy of prosecuting migrants at the border, detaining families, and incarcerating them in large, improvised detention centres. This includes taking children away from their parents and siblings and housing them separately for an extended period. Pointlessly Cruel Jeff Sessions has pointed outContinue reading “The Unintended Cruelty of America’s Immigration Policies”

Artificially Intelligent—At the Intersection of Bots, Equity, and Innovation

This article was written in collaboration with my wife Elizabeth. We wrote this together and the ideas were generated during some of the great discussions we had during our evening 5k runs. We all remember Prime Minister Trudeau’s famous response when asked about his gender equity promise for filling roles in the cabinet: “because it’sContinue reading “Artificially Intelligent—At the Intersection of Bots, Equity, and Innovation”

When is it OK to steal?

Cheap Fares Several recent news items caught my attention over this holiday weekend. In the first, it was reported that Delta airlines sold many tickets at a ridiculously low fare, and will honor those ticket sales regardless (they may have no choice because of a federal law requiring truth in advertising for airlines). As wordContinue reading “When is it OK to steal?”