Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us - and How to Know When Not to Trust Them

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Our investments are devastated, obesity is epidemic, 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. Their 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

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PRAISE FOR "WRONG":
"An engaging polemic against the neat-police who hold so much sway over our lives." -- The Wall Street Journal

PRAISE FOR "A PERFECT MESS":
"An engaging polemic against the neat-police who hold so much sway over our lives." -- The Wall Street Journal

"An expos of the multiple ways that society's so-called experts let us down, if not outright betray us. It's a chunk of spicy populist outrage, and it can be a hoot....It's news you can use."-- New York Times "Dwight Garner "

PRAISE FOR "A PERFECT MESS"
"An engaging polemic against the neat-police who hold so much sway over our lives." ""The Wall Street Journal"""

"An expose of the multiple ways that society's so-called experts let us down, if not outright betray us. It's a chunk of spicy populist outrage, and it can be a hoot....It's news you can use."--Dwight Garner, New York Times

We are, as Mr. Freedman puts it, living in an age of "punctuated wrongness," usually misled, occasionally enlightened. His goal is a broad account of this phenomenon, how it takes shape through specific problems in measurement, how it spreads through the general idiocy of crowds, and how we might identify and avoid it. Bravo!...[Mr. Freedman] turns to the right kind of experts to articulate general principles-biostatisticians, for example, who can see deeper than the average scientist into the way the data are gathered, analyzed and screwed up...What makes Wrong so right-it being as good as any general account of the fragility of what we take as expert knowledge-is that it raises the right questions."--Trevor Butterworth, Wall Street Journal

"Mind-bending...[A] compelling case that the majority of people frequently recognized as experts...base their findings on flawed information more often than not....readers of Freedman's evidence might mitigate their unwarranted trust in the "experts" who so often offer sound bites on the morning television news-entertainment programs as well as the "experts" promoted by Oprah, Dr. Phil and others of that ilk."--Steve Weinberg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Forcefully argued, focusing on the point where error shades into deceit...Wrong makes a powerful case for the prevalence of scientific ineptitude."

--Michael Washburn, Washington Post

"This is by far one of the most interesting non-fiction books to have come out in recent times. David H. Freedman reveals why and how a lot-if not all-expert advice is either misleading, manipulated as to mislead, or just plain wrong. Freedman, a journalist by profession, pierces through the shell of intellectual confidence in studies-scientific or otherwise-and exposes 'expert advice', 'studies reveal' and 'survey says' as false catch-phrases designed to fool people into believing that we humans know more about the world around us than we actually do."--Amir Hafizi, The Malay Mail

"A revealing look at the fallibility of "experts," and tips on how to glean facts from the mass of published misinformation...Informative and engaging, if not groundbreaking news to more cynical readers."--Kirkus Reviews

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An eye-opening exploration of why experts are constantly misleading us - and what we can do about it

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