Book Review | Wrong
Author: David H. Freedman
If you’re sick and tired (or overwhelmed and confused) of experts and their advice, research, and findings, then Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — and How to Know When Not to Trust Them is for you. If you’ve yet to get sick and tired of the experts, thenWrong is also for you. This book is long overdue. Kudos to David H. Freedman for the amount of research and thought that went into this book.
It’s possible that we’re too busy to pay close attention or perhaps we just accept the opinions of experts too readily, but Freedman addresses some salient points. For instance, you’ve heard about far too many studies that make startling connections — such as people who don’t get enough sleep are likely to be obese and people who talk on the phone in bed tend to get more headaches. Freedman advises that we think this through without just accepting it at face value. What does sleep have to our weight? Isn’t it more likely that there are underlying factors that are related to both our sleep and our weight? Like depression or exercise or lifestyle? Probably. This statement by Freedman is key: What’s really going on here is that experts are disguising what is highly debatable judgment as fact through their choice of what data to highlight.
The problem with all this is that we make choices (in varying degrees, of course) based on what we think the truth is. Freedman does an extremely thorough job of examining the phenomenon of expert advice.Wrong is a serious, in-depth look at an almost laughable situation that is so pervasive in the media. It’s quite thought-provoking, and surely will make you question the experts from here on out, which is a good thing.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*