An amazing conversation with Neuroscientist Associate Professor Nic Price from Monash University, who has a lot to say about the way we teach science, how we can understand the brain, and how we need to get comfortable with uncertainty. Check it out!
“This is one of the things that I think my students might really hate me for. Because whenever we get a positive or an exciting result, the first thing we do is try to break it, we try to find all of the possible explanations for why we might have done something stupid,”
“Your brain loves statistics. So your brain is always trying to do correlations, it’s trying to match up one event with another and one event with another. And so correlation is a really fundamental aspect of statistics. But your brain is also always trying to work out what is the distribution of your environment. So your brain’s continually recalibrating to these these statistics. It loves them, it’s how it finds outliers and things that are meaningful and things that are important. And so I kind of figured out brains love statistics, and we overall, who are, you know, defined by our brains should also sort of get into statistics and data and these things.”