|A little learning is a dangerous thing; |
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
|Alexander Pope:||Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 15.|
Or, if you prefer the vernacular,
It ain't what a man knows that gets him in trouble, it's what he thinks he knows, but just ain't so. (Will Rogers)
Here are some links to a few excellent lists of common fallacies -- things everyone "thinks he knows" that "just ain't so". Being ambivalent on these topics is OK -- but the deadly one-two punch of (1) thinking you're an expert, and (2) acting woth conviction on your false expertise, can definitely get you into trouble!
- Gas Saving Myths
- Tornado Safety Myths
- Myths about Health (emphasizing women's health)
- Science Myths in K-6 Textbooks and Popular Culture (see also the Packard Foundation Report)
- Stock Market Myths (lots of competing lists; this is a reasonably thought-out one.)
I'll add more as the week goes on.