SYSK Choice: How to Avoid Eating Plastic & Overcoming Cognitive Bias


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Every year a lot of pedestrians crossing the street get hit by cars and trucks. If you are often a pedestrian walking the streets, there is one technique that will drastically reduce your risk of getting hit. This episode begins with that simple technique that could save your life.

I hate to tell you this but you are eating a lot of plastic. You may think you aren’t - but you are. Consumer Reports has taken a look at all the plastic on the planet and how it is creeping into your system, Listen as I talk with Kevin Loria, the author of this very important article in Consumer Reports. You will hear his advice how to avoid consuming so much plastic. Here is a link to the article if you would like to read it. (

Have you heard of cognitive biases? We all have them. It is when we judge people based on how they look or how they speak – positive or negative. For example, people who speak with foreign accents are often not considered as trustworthy as people who do not have an accent. Good looking people are often perceived to be smarter – just because they are attractive. Gleb Tsipursky is a cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist and he is author of the book The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships. ( Listen as he explains the problem with cognitive bias and what we can all do to be more aware of how we are judging people and how to stop.

Ginger ale is a very popular beverage on airplane flights - even for people who seldom drink it at home. Why? I will explain the reason and tell you if it is something you should try the next time you take a flight somewhere.


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