Future Babble: Why Pundits Are Hedgehogs and Foxes Know Best

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PLUME, 2012 - Psychology - 305 pages
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"Genuinely arresting . . . required reading for journalists, politicians, academics, and anyone who listens to them."
-Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works

We are awash in predictions. In newspapers, blogs, and books; on radio and television. Every day experts tell us how the economy will perform next year, if housing sales will grow or shrink, and who will win the next election. Predictions are offered about the climate, food, technology, and the world our grandchildren will inhabit. And we can't get enough of it.

Drawing on research in cognitive psychology, political science, and behavioral economics, award-winning journalist Dan Gardner explores our obsession with the future. He shows how famous pundits, "hedgehogs" who stick to one big idea no matter how circumstances change, become expert at explaining away predictions that are wrong while "foxes," who are more equivocal in their judgments, are simply more accurate.

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Review: Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail - and Why We Believe Them Anyway

User Review  - Fred Rose - Goodreads

meh. Would be better as just an article rather than a whole book. Read a lot, be humble, aggregate views, etc. Not rocket science... Read full review

Review: Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail - and Why We Believe Them Anyway

User Review  - Marco den Ouden - Goodreads

All through history people have been consumed by doom and gloom predictions about the future. Remember the Y2K scare? The media is wont to call on experts for analysis and predictions about the impact ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Dan Gardner is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and has received numerous awards, including the Michener Award and the Amnesty International Canada Media Award. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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