[P]ersonality predicts persistent bias in verifiable expert intuitions about free will and moral responsibility. These results suggest that, in at least some important fundamental philosophical debates, the Expertise Defense fails.
If you tell journalists that they are restrained in adversarial reporting by such motivations, they will vehemently deny it and perhaps even believe their denials. Media self-censorship is rarely overt… Any employees who thrive in large corporations do so by learning what’s in their employer’s interests and acting dutifully to promote those interests.
In a hierarchy, signaling respect for the hierarchy is very important. … I think this offers a potential insight into the signaling role of education. It does not just signal intelligence or conscientiousness, which could be signaled more cheaply in other ways. It signals respect for hierarchy.
Out of Osama's Death, A Fake Quotation is Born

Shortly after I posted my piece on feeling curiously un-thrilled about Bin Laden’s death, the following quote came across my twitter feed:

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr
I admire the sentiment.  But something about it just strikes me as off, like that great Marx quote about the housing bubble that didn’t appear anywhere in Das Kapital.  

I’ve found it best to assume that any quotation not attributed to a primary source is completely made up. In the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln, “The problem with quotations you see on the Internet is that it’s difficult to ascertain if they are genuine.”

Of course, those of us who know our Bible don’t need to make up quotes from Rev. King, because we know the exact same sentiment is captured in Ezekiel 33:11"As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live." But some of us can express our compassion for Bin Laden in our own voice, and don’t need the authoritative one of MLK or Ezekiel anyway.

[W]hat separated those with modest but significant predictive ability from the utterly hopeless was their style of thinking. Experts who had one big idea they were certain would reveal what was to come were handily beaten by those who used diverse information and analytical models, were comfortable with complexity and uncertainty and kept their confidence in check.
Economists – the validating experts – adhere to a common set of methodologies or modeling techniques that suggest some general conclusions but that can also with a little jiggery-pokery … be made to support any policy prescription you might care to be having yourself.