Derren and a mug’s game

Posted by on Feb 1, 2008 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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So far I’ve only found 1 reward for being stuck at home on a Friday night with winter bug when everyone else is out having a good time: my favourite modern illusionist, Derren Brown has a great new show called the System.

Tonight’s episode uses gambling on the horses as lens through which to see some of the cognitive illusions we create for ourselves everyday. Along the way persuades an endebted single mum that he’s got a system that has won her 5 bets on the trot, so it’d make sense to borrow money from her dad for one last punt…

I particularly like the way he talks about each of us seeming being trapped in our own evidence: what our individual heads or hearts tell us is so.

Seems a good reason if you can’t wait for the repeat to get to you to sign up to C4’s marvellous on demand pc player…

If only it (C4OD) worked on Macs! Come on C4…