Experts

“Science is most ill-served by its ostensible friends who declaim its authority the loudest.”

"One can fully grant the existence and usefulness of experts and expertise, yet also recognize from whence skepticism can derive. The problem is this: while credentialing experts solves one 'cheap talk' problem, it creates another, less recognized cheap talk problem. It’s the latter from whence skepticism derives." - Law & Liberty

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It Would Be So Much Easier to “Believe the Science” If We Could Trust the Scientists

"This is not an anti-science piece. It is rather a warning against scientism, the belief that science is the only path to knowledge because the material world is all that exists, and only science is equipped to discover knowledge of the material world. Scientism breeds a naivete and credulity about scientific authorities that is unhealthy because it is uncritical." - Mark Farnham 

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Experts, Politicians, and the Public: The Science and Art of Collective Decision-Making in a Free Society

"The question is not whether the analysis of the experts, the prudence of the politicians, or the commonsense wisdom of the public should have the most sway. In a free society, each of us must discharge the functions of our orders and offices well. As we know, experts, politicians, and the public can all do this with varying degrees of perspicacity and integrity. Experts can overreach, politicians can be corrupted, and common sense can deteriorate into popular delusion." - The Public Discourse

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