About

I’m a journalist. You can contact me at: dhfreedman@gmail.com

Twitter: @dhfreedman (medicine, obesity, technology, more)

Facebook: david.h.freedman

Google+: David H. Freedman


I’m a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and at Inc. Magazine. I’m a consulting editor for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, where I work on projects relating to collaboratively improving health systems with public and private partners in non-fully-industrialized nations. I’m also a consulting editor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, where among other things I collaborate with the World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence on projects relating to obesity, hunger and health around the world.

My blog, if you can call it that, is a mix of excerpts from some of my recently published articles, and posts written just for the blog.

I’ve long been primarily a science, technology and business writer. Over the past few years I’ve come to increasingly focus on health care, especially with regard to the role of behavior change in preventing illness, and most especially with regard to obesity. I’m also interested in how these and other health-care issues play out globally, and particularly in developing nations.

You can see from the blog what some of the publications are that I’ve been writing for lately. Over the years I’ve written for a lot of different publications, but here’s a sampling: The New York Times, Scientific American, Discover, Newsweek, Science, The Columbia Journalism Review, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, Self, The Boston Globe, Wired, The Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, The Boston Globe Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and many more. I’ve also written five books, and I’m working on a sixth.

I live in the Boston area.

My byline usually reads “David H. Freedman.” The “H.” is there to distinguish me from various well-known David Freedmans who are not me, including the late Berkeley statistician, the animator/producer, the late Bible scholar, the North Carolina lawyer, the law/boxmaking writer, the neuroscientist, the racehorse owner, the blacksmith, the cricketer, the late gag-writer, the accountant, and the late radio-station manager. There are even several people of note who go by “David H. Freedman,” including an international labor writer/researcher who wrote a book on employment, a Michigan lawyer, and a U.S. Army officer. I am not any of them, either.

My last book came out in June, 2010.  It’s called WRONG: Why experts keep failing us–and how to know when not to trust them. It’s about all the forces that push experts, be they top scientists, high-powered consultants, pop gurus, financial whizzes or journalistic pundits (like me), into misleading us with flawed advice, and discusses ways to tell good expert advice from the dubious stuff.  I wrote about the subject for The Atlantic for the lead feature of the magazine’s annual “Brave Thinkers” issue in November, 2010, and substantial articles about the book ran in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications internationally.  I’ve spoken about the book on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S. and elsewhere.  It’s published by Little, Brown, and you can learn more about it here.

My previous book was A Perfect Mess, published in January, 2007, and co-authored with Eric Abrahamson; the paperback came out in January, 2008.  It’s about how disorganization and messiness can be good things. You can learn a bit more about it here.

I’m the author of three other books–on the U.S. Marines, computer crime, and artificial intelligence–and you can learn more about my books, and browse some of my articles, elsewhere on the site.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. […] ‘The End of Temptation.’ The article, The Perfected Self, is written by author and journalist David Freedman. In it he talks about B.F. Skinner’s theories of behavior modification to address the obesity […]

  2. Christina Quinonez says:

    David,
    I’m curious about your background in the sciences. Are you a scientist? What makes you passionate enough about science to want to write critically about it?

    Thanks,
    Christina

    • No, I’m not a scientist, just a journalist. I’ve always loved science, which makes it hard to even say why–I’m baffled why many people don’t love science. I wouldn’t really say that I write very critically about science, rather I’d say I’m interested in the aspects of science that make it difficult to progress rapidly, steadily or reliably. I think that sounds critical to non-scientists because they don’t understand that’s just the nature of science. Most scientists don’t find my work to be particularly critical of science, they themselves say these things all the time. I am, however, very critical of most science journalism, which tends to focus on those science stories that are least likely to hold up over the long term, and that in the case of health can mislead people into failing to do the things they need to do to live longer and healthier lives.

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