Even though I often disagree with his conclusions, I’ve long been a fan of New Yorker correspondent James Surowiecki. In his articles and his book, The Wisdom of Crowds, Surowiecki has come up with some off-beat arguments that challenge conventional wisdom, such as his recent piece on why the earthquake in Japan may not prove as economically devastating as feared. And he usually marshals an impressive array of facts to back up his assertions.
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