[FoRK] A choice of nightmares

Christopher Herot cherot at herot.com
Sun Aug 31 21:07:15 PDT 2008

I haven’t had the time to analyze the math behind this particular argument, but a good analysis of how and why people pick the “experts” that confirm their pre-existing beliefs can be found in True <http://www.amazon.com/True-Enough-Learning-Post-Fact-Society/dp/0470050101>  Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by  Farhad Manjoo.  He tears apart the Swift Boat business and the Ohio Election conspiracy theories with equal gusto.





From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On Behalf Of Rob Harley
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:48 PM
To: FoRK
Subject: Re: [FoRK] A choice of nightmares


*> > [...] However, an article in today's New **York Times
> > [...]** points out that since 1948, income growth has actually been
*>* > higher under Democratic presidents.
>* That article was an impressive spectacle of cherry-picking data,
> spurious causality, and tenuous correlation. Well done!

You didn't like the message, so shoot messenger, foot and bystanders?

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