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, and I contribute to Scientific American. I also sometimes collaborate with or consult to various academic medical centers, usually on projects relating to improving health systems with public and private partners, and sometimes on healthcare publishing ventures and projects.

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.


7 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:

    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?


    • 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.

      • Gina Pera says:

        David wrote: “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.”

        Yes. Thank you.

  3. Michelle Her says:

    Hello Mr. H. Freedman, I am a college student from MCTC located in Minnesota. I’m doing a research paper on one of your article, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity.” I just wanted to ask, when’d you create your ” About ” post from MM/DD/YYYY. Who is it sponsor of the article, if there’s one?

    • Hi Michelle. Not sure I understand your first question, “When’d you create your ‘About’ post from MM/DD/YYYY?” Do you want to try to ask it in a clearer way? As for your second question about sponsorship, I think perhaps you’re asking me if some food company or industry group paid me to write it. If that’s what you’re asking, the answer is no, I’ve never received any money from any food company or food industry group, not for that article or anything else. Does that answer your question, or were you asking something else? — Dave

  4. lorentjd says:

    Hi, David.

    Your essay “The War on Stupid People” was provocative. It reminded me of “Coming Apart” by Charles Murray in the sense that your essay highlighted a key source of the growing privilege gap. That gap worries me. I think we are on a trajectory where a growing and substantial number of people will simply be unemployable. I think your idea of government subsidizies to discourage automaton is unlikely to be adopted. Perhaps a guaranteed basic income is the solution but, even there, there will likely be tremendous opposition to such a program (as happened recently in Switzerland where the voters rejected such a plan with over 75% of votes against the proposal). That all being said, those with high intelligence would be well served to be more humble about the unearned privilege we enjoy.

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