We sure do rely a lot on experts. When do they help or hinder? How might we improve the situation?
As our trust in crowds has slowly increased, our trust in experts has decreased. There are certainly many reasons to be skeptical of experts, from their vested interests to how many are invented strategically to spin issues. There's also our idolization of winners and undervaluation of luck.
To cite one of my favorite nuggets of wisdom on this subject, experts should be on tap, not on top.
Together, let's discuss:
- What has caused this crisis in expertise?
- How should we reframe experts? When are they useful?
- Is something more extreme going on? A bigger shift?
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