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Posted February 24, 2014
I guess this book is exactly the sort of disappointment you would expect from a hedgehog obsessed with a single phenomenon bit without the education or erudition to do better than write a boring history of the common knowledge of failed predictions. I thought I was buying an expose of a phenomenon alongside a meaningful neurological explanation. What I got was an expose of the author's confusion of Wikipedia with having something worth saying. Do not waste your money on this book unless you don't yet have a firm grasp of the basics on the subject...and for that matter, I'm sure someone will fill you in on the basics without wasting your time with a history lesson.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2012
Writing others' wrongs
Good book about experts getting it wrong and why we keep getting suckered by them. Parody and psychology. Repeatedly tees off on Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the poster boy of bad prediction. A little overboard in spots(as when the author argues that the Second Coming won't happen because it hasn't), but well written entertaining and informative nevertheless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.