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Self-Interest and Understanding

A recent article by Gardiner Harris in the New York Times quotes Otis Brawley, of the American Cancer Society, re the conflict between evidence and self-interest:

"If your income is dependent on you not understanding something, it is very easy not to understand something."

... an observation quite relevant in many areas, including politics.

(It's probably an allusion to Upton Sinclair's 1935 quip "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"; cf. Medicine and Statistics (2010-11-13), ...) - ^z - 2011-10-11