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If not me, then someone else; But if not us, then no one | Daniël Lakens | TEDxEindhoven
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Added Aug 2, 2016
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We are biased to see patterns where there are none, and do not appreciate or reward randomness. We like to think remarkable things were meant to happen, but is this really true? We would love to be able to predict when remarkable things will happen, but we can’t. Daniel speaks to make you think about whether you should try to do remarkable things, or not, and if we should reward randomness more than remarkableness.

Daniel Lakens is assistant-professor Human Technology Interaction at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is an expert in psychology, statistics, research methods and open science. Daniël loves to teach especially about research methods and was elected as best teacher of a bachelor course at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014. He is fascinated by how we should reward people, if we want to achieve both reliable and novel scientific insights.

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