Hacking Your Mind: Living on Auto-Pilot

Hacking Your Mind: Living on Auto-Pilot

Host: Jacob Ward

Courtesy of Jacob Ward

This new series takes you inside the world of hackers ­­— from presidential campaigns and social media companies, to corporate marketers and governments — to reveal how they influence your behavior without your even being aware of it.

The series is hosted by Jake Ward, longtime editor of “Popular Science” and NBC’s science correspondent. Featuring best-selling authors, including Michael Lewis (“Moneyball,” “The Big Short”) and Nobel Prize winners, including Daniel Kahneman (“Thinking, Fast and Slow”) and Richard Thaler, creator of behavioral economics, Hacking Your Mind is a fun and fast-paced adventure filled with discoveries that are incredibly relevant to your life, to our nation and our world. It airs Wednesdays, September 9 through September 30, 2020 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The series explores how we evolved to make many of our decisions not based on what we “think,” but based on our feelings, intuition and habits. This enables us to make decisions almost instantly, as though we’re operating on autopilot. Most of the time these autopilot processes serve us well, but they can also lead us to make predictable mistakes. Ward reveals how these common mistakes make us vulnerable to bias and misinformation. Even more important, Ward will show us how we can protect ourselves and fight back, so you can learn how to hack your own mind to make your life better, and by doing it, improve the lives of everyone around you.

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