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Wrong: Why experts* keep failing us--and how to know when not to trust them *Scientists, finance wizards, doctors, relationship gurus, celebrity CEOs, ... consultants, health officials and more by [Freedman, David H.]
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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 "

"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""

"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""

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

"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""

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOQSGJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsThe experts get it wrong--a lot-- examples of what went wrong and a chapter on what to look for
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4.0 out of 5 starsWRONG provides good advice for those making decisions based on research or expert advice.
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