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Book Review: Wrong

By Sandy Amazeen Sep 25, 2010, 22:45 GMT

Book Review: Wrong

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 ...more

While listening to contradictory reports about health, business and a host of other topics have you ever wondered if the so-called experts have a clue about whatís really going on? Freedman wrote this book to demonstrate how deeply rooted biases and academia pressures can lead experts to draw the wrong conclusions and how to go about finding the truth amidst a flood of information. Unfortunately, Freedmanís eleven rules about how to separate the genuinely knowledgeable from the wantabes is too vague to be of much help. By not adequately demonstrating the differences between legitimate experts in their own field from the charlatans, Freedman frequently falls prey to the same degree of generalization that his subjects do. Still, this makes for entertaining reading as everything from economics to animal testing is exposed to the authorís critical eye.

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