Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
The lovely thing about experts is that they think that everyone should believe them.
The idea is that they know more, so those who know less should listen, learn and follow.
But we know from social media that those who are followed the most aren’t necessarily those who deserve it. They’re those who make an emotional connection.
Science, sadly, is very poor on the emotional connection front.
I know a couple of emotional intelligence experts who are, indeed, quite useless at achieving emotional connection themselves.
So when scientists who know about nutrition tell you that something is healthy and some other thing isn’t, it’s not a done deal.
I’m currently bathing in an analysis by the New York Times. It looks at foods that scientists believe are healthy. It also looks at foods that we real, unwashed human beings think are healthy.
And, bless my soul, there isn’t universal agreement.
Indeed, I find a certain mean glee in looking at the differences between nutritionists and what’s unpleasantly termed as the general public.
For example, 71 percent of humans think that granola bars are good for you.
This is what I might call the triumph of marketing over common sense. A mere 28 percent of nutritionists agree that granola bars, piled full of sugar as they are, are a good idea.
People think that frozen yogurt is so very good for your innards. Well, 66 percent of people do. This leaves 68 percent of scientists laughing at people’s risible nincompoopness.
Because only 32 percent of scientists regard frozen yogurt as good for you.
Another list that might titillate and baffle is the one that includes all those things nutritionists recommend that real people reject.
Quinoa, for example. Bolivia’s finest export is thought by 89 percent of scientists to be marvelous for you. Only 58 percent of real folk are with them. Clearly, there’s a lot of anti-Bolivian sentiment in the US.
Then there’s sushi. 75 percent of nutritional types believe it’s good for your innards. A mere 49 percent of ordinary citizens agree.
The one that truly grabbed my epiglottis and shut down my breathing systems was the wine question.
70 percent of nutritionists think wine is very fine for you. Only 52 percent of human Americans are prepared to believe that. Which suggests to me that at least 49 percent of them have never drunk wine.
Real people even scoff at the health benefits of hummus and tofu.
Honestly, if you can’t embrace those two, perhaps there’s still hope for you.
You’re looking for hope, aren’t you? You’re tired of the divisive nature of our society and you just want to find something that both humans and nutritionists (some of whom still have the occasional human tendencies) can agree upon.
Well, both sides seem to agree that burgers, white bread, whole milk and chocolate chip cookies are not a good idea.
There. This should give the incoming Congress a basis on which to find common ground. Or, at least, common teeth-grinding.
I suggest that Donald Trump sits down with Nancy Pelosi over burgers, white bread, and chocolate chip cookies slathered in whole milk in order to discuss the future of our nation.
I fancy there will be immoderate progress.