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The Dr. Fox Effect

February 17, 2011

In the 1970’s an experiment was conducted to to deter­mine how would a med­ical audience full of highly edu­cated and clas­si­cally trained sci­en­tists and med­ical personnel respond to a lec­ture that was com­pletely devoid of con­tent, yet deliv­ered with authority by a con­vinc­ing phony. An actor was hired and delivered a fancy speech full of mean­ing­less cliches, and even down­right contradictions. The audi­ences of fifty-five psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, edu­ca­tors, grad­u­ate stu­dents, and other profes­sion­als pro­duced over­whelm­ingly positive evaluations of the fake doctor, Dr. Fox.

Attorney McShane then asks, if a group of scientists and experts can be so easily fooled then what can we say about a judge or jury of average people who have no scientific expertise? Read more in his blog post: The need to remain a forensic science skeptic: Apparent knowledge doesn’t equate actual knowledge.

Please visit Attorney McShane’s blog to learn The Truth about Forensic Science

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