A Few (Un)scientific Thoughts on Backlash

A Few (Un)scientific Thoughts on Backlash

Malcolm Gladwell, writer for The New Yorker

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Columbia University and Barnard Psychology Department Colloquium Series

Abstract

Malcolm Gladwell turns to a chapter from his upcoming book, David and Goliath, to discuss how important it is to consider the possibility of bell curves in the effects of policy changes. Citing examples like minimum sentencing and classroom size, he shows how some decisions that initially result in large benefits eventually caues harm.