The debate "Should we trust experts" was started by
March 14, 2018, 8:16 pm.
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Nemiroff, Megna, chemikilsm0ke, DrMrDaniel, Gorgon and 10 visitors agree.
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I don't think expert opinion comes from just one person, in many cases it is a collective recommendation from many experts across nations and institutions. The decentralization and mass of expert opinions gives me confidence in the findings.
of course they are imperfect but a consensus opinion from people who study the field is almost gauranteed to be closer to true than anything a gut feeling can come up with.
the main point i was trying to pursue was the way some people started demonizing experts as "the elite" when in reality they are just working Joe's likely in the middle middle class (except doctors would be in the upper middle) far from the elites, and far more numerous then the elite. they are one of us, and because there are so many of them, one trying to abuse his authority with false claims will likely be shamed by his colleagues openly for defiling their field.
You guys make some good points. Evaluating bias and personal agendas is very important; but just a degree can't make someone the spokesperson for a topic.
by just being an expert doesn't garuntee that they should have your full trust. or im just very distrustful of people haha.
if possible it's always best to test it out yourself. for one you will cement that what was said is true if it was and will garuntee the truth if it wasn't.
Unless they have a clear bias, why not.