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 more 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.
About the Author
David H. Freedman (www.freedman.com) is a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine. His articles on science, business and technology have appeared in The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Science, Wired, and many other publications. His previous book (coauthored) is A Perfect Mess, about the useful role of disorder in daily life, business and science. He is also the author of books about the U.S. Marines, computer crime, and artificial intelligence. Freedman casts a critical eye on headline health news at his blog, Making Sense of Medicine.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316023787
- ISBN-13: 978-0316023788
If you have ever wondered about what makes an expert, according to this book: not much. Just get yourself quoted in the media and suddenly, there you are, an expert. Wrong points out how the media, politics and medicine all use statistics to skew the numbers to how they need them to be. I really enjoyed this book and have now spent a lot of time on the author’s blog at www.msomed.org.
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