From military predictions to technological predictions to sports predictions, when experts foretell the future, it’s always safest to assume they’re wrong.
Because they are deeply knowledgeable in a particular field, experts are more prone than others to view the world through a too-narrow lens, assuming that the current trends they understand so well are indicators of what is to come. Their expertise reinforces their confidence in their own analysis, blinding them to contrary data or disconfirming evidence.
As you listen to their smart, persuasive, credible prophecies, just remember: Most of them, most of the time, will be wrong. (You can take my word for it. After all, I’m an expert.)
Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe