Every Century; The Stammering Century

by C H

“It may seem strange to say it, but experts are rarely interested in getting at the truth, whatever it may be.  What they want to do is prove that certain things are true.  Which things?  Well, whatever they happen to believe is true, for whatever reasons, or whatever will benefit their careers or status or funding the most.  Hawkers of diet plans need their gimmicks to help people lose weight…–if there’s evidence that their advice doesn’tin fact pay off, don’t expect to learn it from them.”

Wrong:  Why experts* keep failing us, by David H. Freedman (2010)