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Why Experts Break Their Own Lockdown Rules

Added 05-12-20 04:34:03pm EST - “The U.K. epidemiologist Neil Ferguson cheated regulations to see his lover. But he's not the only scientist to fall victim to the Dunning-Kruger effect.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Why Experts Break Their Own Lockdown Rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.K. epidemiologist Neil Ferguson cheated regulations to see his lover. But he’s not the only scientist to fall victim to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.

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In 1992, a South Korean preacher called Lee Jang-rim convinced 10,000 people that the apocalypse was imminent. After believers had given up jobs, possessions, and even taken their own lives, it was revealed that Lee had used the money from his followers to make investments that would not pay out until well after the supposed date of the rapture.

For most of the public, the leader of a doomsday cult couldn’t be further from a credible source of advice. Inconsistent behavior like this just confirms our expectations. Things get harder in the case of authority figures who are more widely trusted, like public policy experts. What does it mean when experts act in ways at odds with what they’re telling everyone else—and does it mean that their advice can’t be trusted?

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