Fri 26 February 2010 | -- (permalink)
Are you familiar with the Monty Hall Problem? Read up on it now if you haven't. It's from the old show Let's Make a Deal. And most people fundamentally misunderstand the probabilities involved in deciding whether to stick with the door you picked or switch once Monty opens one of the doors. (The unintuitive answer: always switch.) Pigeons, on the other hand, can learn the right answer. Via Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution.