Wake up call for me, after having repeated some of these memes as fact.
· The less someone knows about a subject, the more they think they know.
· Income (beyond some fixed level) doesn’t make people happy.
· People bounce back from setbacks and return to a fixed level of happiness. Adjunct: winning the lottery doesn’t make people happier.
· Also: Even so-called ‘wine experts’ can’t tell the difference between red and white wine by taste.
I got cW to perform a blind taste test with friends and he sent me a fascinating e-Vox recording of the event. It wasn't laboratory-grade rigor, but I was convinced of his ability to distinguish wine color by taste, largely thanks to his meaningful descriptions of evidence like "constriction in the sides of the mouth due to astringent tannins in the red."
Dammit, I have parroted the income one.