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When Your Side is Wrong

Convincing, eloquent, but wrong

I started to write a very different article.

Last week I read a brilliantly written, carefully reasoned, cleverly illustrated article giving a new (and obvious in retrospect) reason why the world should immediately adopt the technology I favor.

Unfortunately, a tiny bit of checking suggests that a key number in their story is simply wrong.

With what I find in the literature to be the correct number, it is still a compelling argument but an argument for the other side.

What to do?

This hadn’t happened to me before.

I privately sent the author a note explaining that the number seemed wrong to me and that asked for a citation.

That much is easy.

But what do I do if he doesn’t answer? Or answers that indeed his number was wrong but won’t retract?

I don’t know.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.


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