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Brains Turned Off -> Free Article From Harvard Business Review

I have long complained that much of American leadership has turned their brains off in servile deference (though more likely cowardly negligence) to supposedly objective data.

“The numbers demand…” “We have no choice in light of the numbers.” So go the rationale (read excuses) for avoiding the stewardship of their power because of the illusory objectivity of raw data.

Amar Behidé of Tufts University in The Judgment Deficit argues that we have set aside what the economy really needs, i.e. “individual judgment and initiative” in favor of “statistical models and algorithms.”

I recommend you give this article a good hard read. While Bhidé writes specifically to the financial sector and its practices, the case for individual judgment is broadly applicable and immediately relevant. (Download here.)

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- Karl Edwards



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