So let’s get started with a quiz used by former trustee Dr Adam Fazakerley with GP trainees.
This quiz is designed to get us thinking about what we know and what we think we know.
The first three questions were designed to introduce science as an evolving process. Challenging dogmatic, scientific views is essential to get closer to the truth. The more we can understand what’s good for ourselves and for our patients the better healthcare we can provide.
The next set of questions are taken from Hans Rosling’s book ‘Factfulness‘. He has delivered these questions to all groups of people around the world and often they score worse than random. He explains why this is in the book but humility in the face of our knowledge about the world is essential. Only then can we start to look at new ideas.
The final set of questions are about understanding how our minds work, how we make decisions and where bias may arise. These questions were adapted from Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow‘.
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When did Copernicus put forward his idea of the earth going around the sun?
In which Century did the current scientific paradigm accept the notion of communicable disease?
In which Century did scientists switch to recommending babies slept on their back rather than their front?
In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school?
In the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has . . .
What is the life expectancy of the world today?
How did the number of deaths per year from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?
How many of the world’s 1-year-old children today have been vaccinated against some disease?
Worldwide, 30-year-old men have spent 10 years in school, on average. How many years have women of the same age spent in school?
A child’s bat and ball cost £1.10. The bat costs £1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
Click the link below. How many passes do you the students complete?
Did you see the gorilla?
John is a doctor who works in a hospital, he loves fitness and keeps himself very fit despite working weekend and nights on a rota. He attends multiple organised fitness events.
Which is more likely?