Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In The News

My father once told me that whenever he read the newspaper and it happened to mention some subject that he knew a lot about, it always seemed to get a lot wrong. And so he asked people in other fields whether they experienced that too, and they told him they did. So it is easy to imagine that the newspaper is mostly wrong about nearly everything (or at least every complex field that might be puzzling to the layperson), but we only notice it in our own areas of expertise. It is funny that we so easily recognize the mistakes in our own niche areas, but so easily trust the information in all other areas.

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