Gell-Mann Amnesia

44+ Westworld (1973) “Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows.
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Roy Blanchard
2 years ago

When I read stuff in the papers on a topic I know a lot about, and it’s wrong, I have to wonder how much of what they write about stuff I don’t know much about is also wrong.

Christopher Beirn
2 years ago

When I worked at Time Inc. many years ago, one of the ways newbies were introduced to the business by old hands was with the caveat that Time was a great magazine until it wrote about something you knew a lot about. Briton Hadden and Henry Luce were arguably the greatest Missionaries of the twentieth century.

David Pascale
1 year ago

Understand the need to be skeptical, guess I struggle where skepticism becomes paranoia? I find it exhausting sometimes to go through life trying to calculate all the angles and hidden agendas. No point in being naive though.

Kip Johnson
10 months ago

“…and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate…”

This reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell’s conclusion of ‘default to truth’ from his recent book “Taking To Strangers.” I finished it today. It deserves another read, or at least additional consideration and reference in my life. As always, I find Gladwell’s writing, analysis and conclusions inspiring.

Same with the Epsilon team.

Kevin Coldiron
10 months ago
Reply to  Kip Johnson

That’s exactly what I thought when reading the note. I think the example of Harry marcopoulos (sp} in Gladwell’s book is really instructive. He was ultra skeptical about everything. which helped him uncover the Madoff fraud before anyone else. years before anyone else. at the same time it kind of crippled him professionally and personally because he never defaulted to truth.

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