We are endowed with self-awareness, something unique or nearly so on the planet. We are one of the few living species with such a reasoning capacity. Yet, can we trust ourselves? We already know that our brain can be easily deceived. Optical illusions show well how our perception of things can be manipulated.
What's more, we do not have a perfect memory. The majority of everyday events are erased from our thinking each day like burnt film from a continuously projected movie. This can be a particularly powerful survival mechanism in people who have experienced trauma.
Another example of cognitive biases we have: we misperceive risk management. After the 9/11 attacks, many Americans avoided air travel in the following years. They took the car and thus, researchers saw a consequent increase in fatal accidents on the roads. Moreover, the framing issue is known in different sectors such as health. Doctors would rather say that 90% of patients survived more than 5 years after heart surgery than to say that 10% died within this period. Yet the percentage of success remains the same no matter how you say it.
So perhaps we are stuck in a simulation of life as Plato argued with his allegory of the cave? Possibly, but the solution to overconfidence is self-criticism and realistic thoughts as Socrates proposed.
Here again, one should not fall into too severe a self-assessment at the risk of harming oneself and no longer believing in one's means.
Food is a daily concern. A series of 6 games proposed by the Alimentarium museum reminds us of the importance of a balanced diet, to know the organs of the digestive tract in order to better understand the digestion of food and other food-related topics. An initiative all the more interesting because there are not many serious games related to food.
Many serious games address the topic of sustainable development. Yet before such solutions were proposed, innovative people had to go against the social grain and fight to improve their environment. A humorous adventure game, hosted by the National Film Board, teaches children the attitudes they need to adopt to make a difference.
The sharing economy has led to small changes in various economic sectors such as transportation, housing, etc. This approach has changed the relationship of citizens for different services, now cheaper and offered by their fellow citizens. However, who actually benefits from this new economy? The people or the companies in question? A U.S. newsgame shows how the life of Uber drivers isn't as lucrative as one might think.
It is rare that the headlines are positive when it comes to the environment. However, although the situation is not rosy, it is improving in some cases thanks to questioning and changes in actions. This is the case in different regions of the world with respect to their water consumption.