The Death of ExpertiseThe Death of Expertise
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The Death of Expertise

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Tom Nichols

Our current relationship with misinformation, deception, distrust, and confusion regarding experts has many explanations. Because of the internet and modern journalism, our relationship with experts has been corrupted and college education, in many cases, harms rather than enriches public debate. To learn from mistakes, we must recognize the confirmation biases that cause us all to make mistakes, whether we are experts or laypeople.

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As outlined in The Death of Expertise (2017), science and knowledge are under attack in today's technological environment. Where are the objective truths and the indisputable facts? Why has science become a politically controversial issue? Discover what makes this one of today's most critical issues.

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Our current relationship with misinformation, deception, distrust, and confusion regarding experts has many explanations. Because of the internet and modern journalism, our relationship with experts has been corrupted and college education, in many cases, harms rather than enriches public debate. To learn from mistakes, we must recognize the confirmation biases that cause us all to make mistakes, whether we are experts or laypeople.

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The internet age has increased disagreements about expertise, although they have already existed for a while.

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Our human characteristics make us prone to accepting false arguments.

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Higher education has become commercialized, so graduates are no longer experts in their fields.

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Try not to trust everything on the internet.

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Experts can also make mistakes.

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