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comment by wasoxygen
wasoxygen  ·  3285 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cargo Cult Science

    Who do we rely on?
I think we have little choice but to be skeptical of all sources, all the time. Even those who have earned our trust as reliable sources can make mistakes.

Someone described a telling example. They said when you read an article about something you don't know much about, you might find it interesting and informative. Hm, I didn't know that. But when you read an article about something you happen to have some expertise in, you see that it is full of errors and misrepresentations. Makes you wonder about all those informative articles. [Note: I am sure I am getting this story wrong.]





wasoxygen  ·  2701 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Someone described a telling example.

This turns out to be the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect, according to Michael Crichton, as mentioned by Scott Alexander.