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Wrong [Reading] ➽ Wrong Author David H. Freedman – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Our investments are devastated obesity is epidemic test scores are in decline blue chip companies circle the drain and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous What happened D Our investments are devastated obesity is epidemic test scores are in decline blue chip companies circle the drain and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous What happened Didn't we listen to the scientists economists and other experts who promised us that if we followed their advice all would be well Actually those experts are a big reason we're in this mess And according to acclaimed business and science writer David H Freedman such expert counsel usually turns out to be Wrong often wildly so Wrong reveals the dangerously distorted ways experts come up with their advice and why the most heavily flawed conclusions end up getting the most attention all the so in the online era But there's hope Wrong spells out the means by which every individual and organization can do a better job of unearthing the crucial bits of right within a vast avalanche of misleading pronouncements.


10 thoughts on “Wrong

  1. Cathy Cathy says:

    I gave this title three stars because in my opinion it fulfilled only half of its promise Why experts keep failing us and how to know when not to trust them It did a great job explaining why experts keep failing us but when it comes to figuring out when not to trust themwell the author doesn't have a clue either The bottom line is the odds of the experts being right are about the same as winning a crap shootThis book is worth reading to the extent that most people actually believe that the experts are right most of the time I once had a blog argument with a dreamer who chided me for daring to suggest that scientists taking government grant money would be bias toward the government's preconcieved conclusions Silly me Turns out this happens a lot than you think according to Freedman's research After two weeks of reading however I'm still pretty much on my own when it comes to figuring out what to believe and what not to believe failed yet again by another expert claiming to know the answer


  2. Ned Ned says:

    The one expert who is never wrongGod His transcendent word is never wrong and His universal moral laws are never wrong Freedman's book only highlights the importance of having a biblical epistemology In the beginning was Logos and the Logos was with God and the Logos wasis God Human foundations for knowledge are inadeuate Freedman ignores the uestion of WHY scientists should bother with ethics Certainly ethics are foundational to science Ironically that is a uestion science cannot answer


  3. Ross Blocher Ross Blocher says:

    The title and chapter length subtitle are enough to give you an idea of what this book is about It's a treatise on how so called experts can disagree with one another and give out advise that is less than advisable David H Freedman trots out examples of fraud laziness greed pride funding poor research and hasty conclusions to support his point One is encouraged to be highly suspicious of research papers television pundits and online reviews alikeI had mixed feelings while reading this Learning to view expert opinion with suspicion is one of the basic lessons of critical thinking and skepticism and these are lessons I'm already abundantly aware of So on one hand what's the point? The entire time I was wondering what exactly Freedman proposed to fix these issues On the other hand for people who aren't aware that expert advise should be suspect this could be a helpful primer Even in that case however this book might be misleading and leave someone paralyzed to a point where they don't know who or what to listen to In the hands of a science denier the book could simply serve as out of context fuel to dismiss genuine evidence and expertise and try to establish euivalency between all viewpointsI kept waiting for Freedman to address the obvious point the only reason he could say that these experts were wrong is because other expertsscientists came along and demonstrated exactly that While he never fully addresses that point Freedman does eventually give some advice about warning signs to watch out for as well as the hallmarks of good adviceThe best thing I can say about this book is that it goes uickly Since the concepts are broad and the details of the examples aren't particularly important one can breeze through this in a few days at least I did Freedman might have re ordered things to place the examples in context before he gives them and not toward the end as he does He could have easily had at least one appendix removed as there are four of them One is a list of contradictory uotes from various experts on specific issues Another gives his personal recounting of the history of expertise which is a brief history of human invention and the scientific method which might be helpful to someone who is not familiar with the history of science I'd sooner recommend Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything or James Burke's Connections or the Neil de Grasse Tyson Cosmos series The third is a collection of scientific fraud The fourth appendix is an unnecessarily long winded and self indulgent answer to the flippant uestion Well what if THIS book is wrong?I'll end with my favorite paragraph from the book which I wish was indicative of the work as a whole and should have come much sooner than half way I truly don't mean to convince people that they should hold science in low regard particularly compared to other types of expertise I think scientists ARE our most trustworthy experts and the basic methods of science are exactly the right way to approach the problems and mysteries that face us in the world In short when it comes to experts scientists ought to be seen as perching at the top of the heap But that doesn't mean we shouldn't have a good understanding of how modest a compliment it may be to say so Hear hear


  4. Mardel Fehrenbach Mardel Fehrenbach says:

    I picked up Wrong Why Experts Keep Failing Us and How to Know When not to Trust Them by David Freedman on a whim The book really offered very little that was new or particularly enlightening; it was useful as a reminder of how even well meaning and well constructed research can go wrong as well the realities of publishing and the ways in which the need for new and compelling materials magnifies the problem All of this is interesting but not interesting enough to fill an entire book a book that basically tells the reader to trust his or her own common sense and approach expert information with a healthy dose of skepticism The simple truth is that we are all overwhelmed with too much information and too much media all competing to win our attention and loyalty We want simple answers and are too willing to accept them simply because it makes life easier and less frightening I think this book is appealing to that all too human desire to know how to know who you should believe and how to discern the difference but of course any simple answer to that uestion would probably be wrong


  5. Thomas Thomas says:

    This book is an all out assault on authoritarianism It encourages you to evaluate alternative sources for persepective in life even to conduct your own researchexperiments This books get right at the HEART of what motivates todays scientistsbusiness analysts Reading this you will see just how far from exact the scientific method can be You will se why you can be told conflicting things about the same foods You will learn the MANY ways in which scientist can alter data and misinterpret findings as well as their motivation for doing so This book was reccomended to me by a guy who taught PHYSICS classes at MIT at the age of 16 Genius material for sure One of the best books i have ever read The people who criticize this book likely do so because the author is unable to give them concrete answers on how to obtain the truth this is why they read the book This is because everyones path for finding it can be different He gives you the tools you need and what to look out for Knowing who to NOT to trust is simply of a pressing problem than finding one of the few truth tellers in our day and age


  6. Chris Aylott Chris Aylott says:

    Disappointing not because it's a bad book but because I have always had faith in Science than is apparently justified Freedman makes a strong case for why even meticulous science is freuently dead wrong never mind all the management fads and junk science that clutter up the mediaFreedman doesn't have a solution for the problem just an approach for living with it The best defense against experts turns out to be common sense and critical thinking skills and a little healthy skepticism can go a long way


  7. AJ AJ says:

    I like this book because it sums up my position on many of the science findings that come out regularly in the media be skeptical Be very very skeptical That said I found the book suffered from some flaws such as using dubious studies to back up points that the author wanted to make although he did mention that it's highly probable that his entire book could be flawed due to that very type of thing Definitely worth a read if you're not used to thinking critically or if you'd like some pointers in that direction


  8. Bridget Bridget says:

    There is so much information in this book that make you really start to think about what experts say I have always been leery about the information I receive from doctors and other professionals Like so many things in life there is never a clear cut answer It all depends on interpretation I liked having my thoughts reinforced with David's book


  9. Cat Noe Cat Noe says:

    The library wanted it back and with some background in data analysis I was struggling a bit The urge to separate and sort the data into usable uestionable anecdotal columns was slowing up progress It's good information Just a bit jumbledAlso preaching to the choir so to speak I already know how much nonsense gets tossed out for consumption I don't need it demonstrated It was fun for a bit but I have other reading to doI might borrow it back I might not Wrote down the page number I stopped on just in caseDid skim the massive post book segments before handing it over Particularly enjoyed the collection of directly conflicting advice from expert sourcesStatistics Most of them are pretty close to half right with some scattered opinions and a few wild outliers Most of them are guessing Most are invested in funding rather than fact And politics play too great a part in the lot; the earth is flat and it'll cost you your family fortune maybe life to deny it And the Earth is the center of the universe ObviouslyI knowI can't rate it without finishing it so there's an impasse for the nonce3 stars though decentpar


  10. Pamfrommd Pamfrommd says:

    I read this book only because a neighbor thrust it upon me She's a tea party fan so I was immediately suspect about the book But I tried to be fair minded as I readskimmedflipped The best I can say is that this book might be useful to someone who believes headlines heshe sees in the grocery store line tabloids I mean Or even those who believe that the latest scientific finding about xyz is the final word on xyz The author says too often that scientists deliberately mislead the public by publishing findings that are later disproved I object Science is never settled completely and many ideas are found to be off the mark by scientists who do further research It's very true that many findings are overhyped especially with the rise of the internet and social media where everyone has a say or a thousand says But I refuse to believe that most scientists are out of fool us So I read the damn book and now I have to find a tactful way to return it to tea party neighbor and say neutral things about it I'm not looking for a fight


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10 thoughts on “Wrong

  1. Cathy Cathy says:

    I gave this title three stars because in my opinion it fulfilled only half of its promise Why experts keep failing us and how to know when not to trust them It did a great job explaining why experts keep failing us but when it comes to figuring out when not to trust themwell the author doesn't have a clue either The bottom line is the odds of the experts being right are about the same as winning a crap shootThis book is worth reading to the extent that most people actually believe that the experts are right most of the time I once had a blog argument with a dreamer who chided me for daring to suggest that scientists taking government grant money would be bias toward the government's preconcieved conclusions Silly me Turns out this happens a lot than you think according to Freedman's research After two weeks of reading however I'm still pretty much on my own when it comes to figuring out what to believe and what not to believe failed yet again by another expert claiming to know the answer

  2. Ned Ned says:

    The one expert who is never wrongGod His transcendent word is never wrong and His universal moral laws are never wrong Freedman's book only highlights the importance of having a biblical epistemology In the beginning was Logos and the Logos was with God and the Logos wasis God Human foundations for knowledge are inadeuate Freedman ignores the uestion of WHY scientists should bother with ethics Certainly ethics are foundational to science Ironically that is a uestion science cannot answer

  3. Ross Blocher Ross Blocher says:

    The title and chapter length subtitle are enough to give you an idea of what this book is about It's a treatise on how so called experts can disagree with one another and give out advise that is less than advisable David H Freedman trots out examples of fraud laziness greed pride funding poor research and hasty conclusions to support his point One is encouraged to be highly suspicious of research papers television pundits and online reviews alikeI had mixed feelings while reading this Learning to view expert opinion with suspicion is one of the basic lessons of critical thinking and skepticism and these are lessons I'm already abundantly aware of So on one hand what's the point? The entire time I was wondering what exactly Freedman proposed to fix these issues On the other hand for people who aren't aware that expert advise should be suspect this could be a helpful primer Even in that case however this book might be misleading and leave someone paralyzed to a point where they don't know who or what to listen to In the hands of a science denier the book could simply serve as out of context fuel to dismiss genuine evidence and expertise and try to establish euivalency between all viewpointsI kept waiting for Freedman to address the obvious point the only reason he could say that these experts were wrong is because other expertsscientists came along and demonstrated exactly that While he never fully addresses that point Freedman does eventually give some advice about warning signs to watch out for as well as the hallmarks of good adviceThe best thing I can say about this book is that it goes uickly Since the concepts are broad and the details of the examples aren't particularly important one can breeze through this in a few days at least I did Freedman might have re ordered things to place the examples in context before he gives them and not toward the end as he does He could have easily had at least one appendix removed as there are four of them One is a list of contradictory uotes from various experts on specific issues Another gives his personal recounting of the history of expertise which is a brief history of human invention and the scientific method which might be helpful to someone who is not familiar with the history of science I'd sooner recommend Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything or James Burke's Connections or the Neil de Grasse Tyson Cosmos series The third is a collection of scientific fraud The fourth appendix is an unnecessarily long winded and self indulgent answer to the flippant uestion Well what if THIS book is wrong?I'll end with my favorite paragraph from the book which I wish was indicative of the work as a whole and should have come much sooner than half way I truly don't mean to convince people that they should hold science in low regard particularly compared to other types of expertise I think scientists ARE our most trustworthy experts and the basic methods of science are exactly the right way to approach the problems and mysteries that face us in the world In short when it comes to experts scientists ought to be seen as perching at the top of the heap But that doesn't mean we shouldn't have a good understanding of how modest a compliment it may be to say so Hear hear

  4. Mardel Fehrenbach Mardel Fehrenbach says:

    I picked up Wrong Why Experts Keep Failing Us and How to Know When not to Trust Them by David Freedman on a whim The book really offered very little that was new or particularly enlightening; it was useful as a reminder of how even well meaning and well constructed research can go wrong as well the realities of publishing and the ways in which the need for new and compelling materials magnifies the problem All of this is interesting but not interesting enough to fill an entire book a book that basically tells the reader to trust his or her own common sense and approach expert information with a healthy dose of skepticism The simple truth is that we are all overwhelmed with too much information and too much media all competing to win our attention and loyalty We want simple answers and are too willing to accept them simply because it makes life easier and less frightening I think this book is appealing to that all too human desire to know how to know who you should believe and how to discern the difference but of course any simple answer to that uestion would probably be wrong

  5. Thomas Thomas says:

    This book is an all out assault on authoritarianism It encourages you to evaluate alternative sources for persepective in life even to conduct your own researchexperiments This books get right at the HEART of what motivates todays scientistsbusiness analysts Reading this you will see just how far from exact the scientific method can be You will se why you can be told conflicting things about the same foods You will learn the MANY ways in which scientist can alter data and misinterpret findings as well as their motivation for doing so This book was reccomended to me by a guy who taught PHYSICS classes at MIT at the age of 16 Genius material for sure One of the best books i have ever read The people who criticize this book likely do so because the author is unable to give them concrete answers on how to obtain the truth this is why they read the book This is because everyones path for finding it can be different He gives you the tools you need and what to look out for Knowing who to NOT to trust is simply of a pressing problem than finding one of the few truth tellers in our day and age

  6. Chris Aylott Chris Aylott says:

    Disappointing not because it's a bad book but because I have always had faith in Science than is apparently justified Freedman makes a strong case for why even meticulous science is freuently dead wrong never mind all the management fads and junk science that clutter up the mediaFreedman doesn't have a solution for the problem just an approach for living with it The best defense against experts turns out to be common sense and critical thinking skills and a little healthy skepticism can go a long way

  7. AJ AJ says:

    I like this book because it sums up my position on many of the science findings that come out regularly in the media be skeptical Be very very skeptical That said I found the book suffered from some flaws such as using dubious studies to back up points that the author wanted to make although he did mention that it's highly probable that his entire book could be flawed due to that very type of thing Definitely worth a read if you're not used to thinking critically or if you'd like some pointers in that direction

  8. Bridget Bridget says:

    There is so much information in this book that make you really start to think about what experts say I have always been leery about the information I receive from doctors and other professionals Like so many things in life there is never a clear cut answer It all depends on interpretation I liked having my thoughts reinforced with David's book

  9. Cat Noe Cat Noe says:

    The library wanted it back and with some background in data analysis I was struggling a bit The urge to separate and sort the data into usable uestionable anecdotal columns was slowing up progress It's good information Just a bit jumbledAlso preaching to the choir so to speak I already know how much nonsense gets tossed out for consumption I don't need it demonstrated It was fun for a bit but I have other reading to doI might borrow it back I might not Wrote down the page number I stopped on just in caseDid skim the massive post book segments before handing it over Particularly enjoyed the collection of directly conflicting advice from expert sourcesStatistics Most of them are pretty close to half right with some scattered opinions and a few wild outliers Most of them are guessing Most are invested in funding rather than fact And politics play too great a part in the lot; the earth is flat and it'll cost you your family fortune maybe life to deny it And the Earth is the center of the universe ObviouslyI knowI can't rate it without finishing it so there's an impasse for the nonce3 stars though decentpar

  10. Pamfrommd Pamfrommd says:

    I read this book only because a neighbor thrust it upon me She's a tea party fan so I was immediately suspect about the book But I tried to be fair minded as I readskimmedflipped The best I can say is that this book might be useful to someone who believes headlines heshe sees in the grocery store line tabloids I mean Or even those who believe that the latest scientific finding about xyz is the final word on xyz The author says too often that scientists deliberately mislead the public by publishing findings that are later disproved I object Science is never settled completely and many ideas are found to be off the mark by scientists who do further research It's very true that many findings are overhyped especially with the rise of the internet and social media where everyone has a say or a thousand says But I refuse to believe that most scientists are out of fool us So I read the damn book and now I have to find a tactful way to return it to tea party neighbor and say neutral things about it I'm not looking for a fight

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