Scientists are beginning to measure how good someone is at making decisions in risky situations.

It emerged from these tests that highly-educated individuals often also have difficulty interpreting information on risk probabilities. "However, if we want to have educated citizens who make decisions based on information, we need people who understand information about risks," explains the scientist. Seen in this way, risk intelligence is just as important a skill as reading and writing. "Fortunately," he adds, "it can also be learned." In fact, as the researchers discovered over the five years of testing various tasks, risk intelligence is closely linked with mathematical skills.

New Test Measures Risk Intelligence -- Decision-Making in Risky Sit...

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Ruth, this is great! I surely hope they get the tutorials going so we can develop our skills. Of course, I suppose a good math book would do the same. Given that so much rhetoric and hyperbole enters our daily discourse, w could use a good dose of rationality. Thanks. I am passing this on. 

I followed the link and I'll take that Risk Literacy test .. It says it's a 3 minute test.
Cool .. Thanks for posting!

"In my opinion, this is nothing more than a bunch of pompous academics trying to justify something they want to be true."


The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide.

Appeal to authority? …hey, mea culpa.

Anyway, some more info on developing the testing protocols.

"Tests exist for evaluating personality, intelligence and memory. However, up to now, it was not easily possible to find out how good someone is at making decisions in risky situations. “Yet this is an important skill that has an enormous influence on many of our decisions,” says psychologist Edward Cokely, who came up with the idea of developing a quick test for this skill at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in 2007. In the intervening five years, he has carried out 21 sub-studies in 15 countries with colleagues from Max Planck Director Gerd Gigerenzer's group at the Institute in Berlin and the Michigan Technological University."

I'm an easy pushover! Once a pushover, always one? 

I watched the Institute for New International Economic Thinking (INET), first day of their  conference, "Paradigm Lost"; one panel on statistics, What Can Economists Know?" left me bewildered and in addition there was a woman presenter that curled my toenails and whitened my hair. She appeared to me as a comic act imitating a female economist. 

The fellow from Australia who is developing a model of economic theory, Steve Keen, makes sense when I listen to him, except his Kiwi accent challenges my understanding. 

Well, anyway, congratulations on your fine score. I got only 50%. 

I forgot to send the link.

Excellent points! You convinced me. That said, I still want to know how to solve these problems. I'm not stupid, just dumb. 

I hope the tutorials will be broader than what the test questions suggest... dealing with incomplete information and with different very small degrees of risk are also important skills.


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