The Peculiar Blindness of Experts

— JesseJenkins (@JesseJenkins) May 19, 2019

Wonderful article on expert judgement: “The best forecasters view their ideas as hypotheses in need of testing. If they make a bet & lose, they embrace the logic of a loss just as they would the reinforcement of a win. This is called, in a word, learning.”

The bet was on, and it was over the fate of humanity. On one side was the Stanford biologist Paul R. Ehrlich. In his 1968 best seller, The Population Bomb, Ehrlich insisted that it was too late to prevent a doomsday apocalypse resulting from overpopulation. Resource shortages would cause hundreds of millions of starvation deaths within a decade. It was cold, hard math: The human population was growing exponentially; the food supply was not. Ehrlich was an accomplished butterfly specialist. He knew that nature did not regulate animal populations delicately. Populations exploded, blowing past the available resources, and then crashed.

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