TED – Noreena Hertz: How to use experts — and when not to

Noreena discusses expertise, and the need to genuinely democratize it, as opposed to pretenses of its democratization by antiscience-proponents, so that we can give experts their due without being uncritical about it, and engaging in needless, and possibly dangerous unconscious and unjustified hero-worship.

She puts forth an argument I found compelling of what she calls ‘managed dissent’ and allowing ourselves to think in new ways when the authority of experts and especially those highly placed may prove inadequate.

As Carl Sagan once said:

“If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs.”

Commenting below. No spam or trolling, or my cats will be angry.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.