Quote of the day—Ryan Holiday

Scientists replicate each other’s experiments in order to prove or disprove their findings. Conversely, journalists replicate one another conclusions and build on top of them—often when they are not correct. The news has always filled with errors, because it is self-referential instead of self-critical. Mistakes don’t occur as isolated incidents but ripple through the news, sometimes with painful consequences.

Ryan Holiday
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
Quoting, in part, Kathryn Schulz in Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
[I found this particularly insightful.—Joe]


2 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ryan Holiday

  1. To the extent that a coordinated lie, planned and executed for social and political control, is a “mistake” then it’s true; mistakes don’t occur as isolated incidents.

    Sheesh. When will we stop deluding ourselves into thinking that a hundred years of Progressive errosion of America has been a series of unfortunate “mistakes”, “errors”, and “blunders” by well-meaning and loyal but clumsy officials?

    You know it takes two to make a scam work; a perpetrator and a willing victim. It’s as if we were taking a combination of small arms fire, mortars, aerial attacks, and missiles, and we’re dismissing it all as mistakes made by well-meaning but simple-minded and clumsy, loyal opponents.

    Uh, no. This is war, and we will never be able to fight back, much less win, until we can first see it and then say it.

  2. Unless it’s Climate “Research” in which a replication study or an honest peer-review would kill the lucrative grant money from “Progressives” wanting to push Socialism on people using the Green movement as a bludgeon.

    To be fair I saw this shit when I was in Marine Biology too. Any science field that ONLY can get money from .gov sources, the people willing to do bad science to please the .gov go VERY far.

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