The Numbers Game – Take the index finger on your dominant hand and draw a capital letter “Q” on your forehead. Where did the tail on your Q land? Theorists believe that if it ended up over your right eyebrow, you’re presenting the letter as you would see it. You tend to lie less in life and you’re less likely to deceive others. If the tail is over your left eyebrow, you may want to consider becoming a con artist, because you’re probably a good liar. You’re presenting the letter how someone else would see it, meaning you’re also good at manipulating others’ opinions. One study has found that six out of every 10 people may lie during a 10-minute conversation, and in that conversation they’ll tell a lie every 30 seconds.
Host Jake Porway (@jakeporway) shows us that life is all about the numbers in this new series. Jake, a data scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, reveals the surprising and fascinating statistical science at work behind everyday situations. The series explores the topics of toughness, superstition, skepticism, lying and desirability, among others, through mind-bending statistics, hilarious man-on-the-street experiments and interactive game play.
In each episode, Jake tackles an everyday question, such as how likely is it that you will be a hero in your lifetime (20 percent chance), by testing it through experiments, then dissecting the science behind it. So how does he test heroism? A mugger and a victim are planted in front of hidden cameras in a parking garage. As a person is walking down the stairs, the mugger pretends to steal the victim’s bag. How many people will step in and be the hero to the victim? The characteristics of these heroes may surprise you – volunteering being one of them. Research has found that if you volunteer your time for just over one hour a week, you’ll boost your chances of becoming a hero by 33 percent. And people who survived a disaster are 300 percent more likely to be a hero.
Risk-taking, however, does have a lot to do with genetics. Are you the youngest of your siblings? Were you born in the summer? Then you’re probably more likely to live on the edge. According to one study, as much as 60 percent of our appetite for risk may be genetic. Some scientists think the youngest in birth order may act like a daredevil to make up for the lack of attention they receive compared to their older siblings. Scientists have found that people who are born in the summer tend to take risks, which may be due to being born into a time of year bustling with activity.
Jake, along with top experts, will debunk these everyday mysteries. Mentalist Wayne Hoffman reveals the secrets behind the supernatural scams of the psychic industry. Acclaimed skeptic Dr. Michael Shermer exposes the ultimate secret regarding deception – sometimes being a sucker can actually be good for you. Renowned body language expert Chris Ulrich teaches us how to exude confidence and toughness. Through numbers and statistics, The Numbers Game will teach you how to get ahead in life, work and relationships.
Channel: National Geographic Channel
Producer: National Geographic Television / Goodbye Pictures
TX: 24th March 2014