Last week, I warned of the dangers of blindly following the data-backed recommendations of today's financial advisors and pundits. That article concluded with this thought:
Challenging the comfort of the traditional investment paradigm can be depressing and stressful, but it can also put you on a path of lifelong prosperity - come what may.
It can be upsetting to see how quickly we forget this reality: trends change and history is made. It has been fascinating to study times in history when decades, centuries, and even millennia of convincing data have supported hypotheses that turned out to be absolutely incorrect. With that theme in mind, I created this infographic including some of the most interesting and compelling examples from the history of the world.