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Eksperterne udtaler - (1998)

af Christopher Cerf, Victor Navasky

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Did you ever have the uneasy feeling the experts are not . . . well, expert? "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, professor of economics at Yale University, October 17, 1929 "Forget it, Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel." --Irving Thalberg's warning to Louis B. Mayer regarding Gone With the Wind "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." --Decca Recording Company executive, turning down the Beatles, 1962 "With over fifty foreign cars already on sale here the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself."--Business Week, 1968 "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." --President of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977 "Bill Clinton will lose to any Republican who doesn't drool on stage." --The Wall Street Journal, in a 1995 editorial The Experts Speak systematically catalogues, footnotes, and sets straight these and a couple of thousand other examples of expert misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies. The experts have been wrong about everything under, including, and beyond the sun: time, space, the sexes, the races, the environment, economics, politics, crime, education, the media, history, and science. In this expanded and updated edition (now more error-filled than ever), we see just how much the experts don't know.  But the book also goes deeper, presenting a through-the-looking-glass chronicle of human knowledge: the story of what was and is so, as seen through the story of what we wanted to and did believe.… (mere)
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Having been down with a cold for a few days, I was in the mood for some humor. Here are a few things that struck me.


"What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?
—The Quarterly Review, England, March 1825

"[T]hat any general system of conveying passengers would ... go at a velocity exceeding ten miles an hour, or thereabouts, is extremely improbable.
—Thomas Tredgold (British railroad designer), Practical Treatise on Railroads and Carriages, 1835

"Railways can be of no advantage to rural areas, since agricultural products are too heavy or too voluminous to be transported by them.”
—F.-J.-B. Noel, "The Railroads Will Be Ruinous for France, and Especially for the Cities Through Which They Go" (pamphlet), 1842

"Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.“
—Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793—1859) (Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College, London)
(Page 251)



“But as a means of amusement, the idea of aerial travel has cumbersome great promise.... We shall fly for pleasure.”
—T. Baron Russell, A Hundred Years Hence, 1905

"[Al popular fallacy is to expect enormous speed to be obtained … [T]here is no hope of [the airplane's] competing for racing speed with either our locomotives or our automobiles.
—William Henry Pickering (American astronomer at Harvard College Observatory), Aeronautics, 1908

"[T]he aeroplane ... is not capable of unlimited magnification. It is not likely that it will ever carry more than five or seven passengers. High-speed monoplanes will carry even less.
—Waldemar Kaempfert (Managing Editor of Scientific American and author of The New Art of Flying), "Aircraft and the Future, " Outlook, June 28, 1913


[A photograph of ] “Nevada Civil Defense observers, all but a few of whose eyesight was preserved by protective glasses, marveled at the sight of the May 5, 1955 "Operation Cue" atomic blast, which was set off in the atmosphere a mere seven-and-a-half miles from their lookout point.”

”In 1982, Dr. Clark Heath, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, testified in a negligence lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Utah cancer victims. According to Dr. Heath, from 5 to 20 times the expected number Of leukemia cases had been contracted in fallout zones associated with atmospheric atomic tests conducted during the 1950s. Dr. Glyn G. Caldwell, also of the Centers for Disease Control, testified that the number of leukemia deaths among troops observing a 1957 A-test was three times higher than normal.”
[see also: The Radiation-Hazard Bugaboo, page 2381
(Page 272)


I remember as I child we were advised not to eat the livers of deer that we shot.
Only much later in life did I learn that dad and other workers in the Utah Red Wash oil field got a sunburn from the Nevada nuclear tests.
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  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
A wonderful reference book for any writer trolling for "misinformation." This tome, complete with its user-friendly index, lives up to its billing as an almanac that proves how much the so-called "experts" know. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Jan 7, 2007 |
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Did you ever have the uneasy feeling the experts are not . . . well, expert? "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, professor of economics at Yale University, October 17, 1929 "Forget it, Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel." --Irving Thalberg's warning to Louis B. Mayer regarding Gone With the Wind "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." --Decca Recording Company executive, turning down the Beatles, 1962 "With over fifty foreign cars already on sale here the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself."--Business Week, 1968 "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." --President of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977 "Bill Clinton will lose to any Republican who doesn't drool on stage." --The Wall Street Journal, in a 1995 editorial The Experts Speak systematically catalogues, footnotes, and sets straight these and a couple of thousand other examples of expert misunderstanding, miscalculation, egregious prognostication, boo-boos, and just plain lies. The experts have been wrong about everything under, including, and beyond the sun: time, space, the sexes, the races, the environment, economics, politics, crime, education, the media, history, and science. In this expanded and updated edition (now more error-filled than ever), we see just how much the experts don't know.  But the book also goes deeper, presenting a through-the-looking-glass chronicle of human knowledge: the story of what was and is so, as seen through the story of what we wanted to and did believe.

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