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People are used to rely on numbers while making decisions, but often forget that numbers are not always trustworthy. I recognize that we live in a society where awareness about manipulation is growing. Nevertheless it is still very common in bureaucratic systems to use manipulated numbers as an argument. In this project I focus on one particular example in which this occurs; the EU in collaboration with the security industry that uses premeditated numbers to substantiate the implementation of new security measures. This misuse of numbers results in a sequence of problems that are visualized in this project. By translating their data to visual media, I want to shed light on the questionable actions that occur behind closed doors.
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We live in a flamboyant world full of misconduct where manipulation is daily business, but what makes these manipulative messages so persuasive? In my thesis I look for the cause of the existence of causal sophism: a non-existing cause and effect link between two topics. What are the consequences of these premature conclusions? My thesis deals with several factors that ensure the emergence and maintenance of causal sophism by means of various case studies. Factors such as; the cognitive and emotional brain that affects your judgment, innumeracy, manipulative statistics, errors in software or algorithms, or your fear as adviser. With this text I work towards an answer on the question: what is a purposeful way to counter this causal sophism?