The Untrustworthy Expert: Why we should have a healthy skepticism of people identified as or proclaiming to be "experts."
Perhaps, we should invert the paradigm by which society typically bestows trustworthiness upon those holding advanced diplomas (or otherwise proclaim to be expert in certain areas). Our insistence that people follow the advice of "experts" may be a hindrance to formulating real innovative solutions to concrete problems. That is, we might be better suited to have a stronger skeptical viewpoint of some one's advice the more strongly that person proclaims & asserts to be expert in a particular area.
"Front loading the result? Why the Ph.D. is irrelevant when it comes to things that matter. Because the Ph.D. training narrowly defines a person's expertise, perhaps we are wrong to trust their opinions (particularly if they are asked to comment out side of that limited, research assumed scope of understanding). This is much like the conversation about "front loading the result" discussed on page 123. If we have to boast about our diplomas to support our opinions, perhaps there aught to be an inverse relationship to how much those opinions should be trusted."
My thinking since this note was made is that a healthy skepticism may be very much warranted, and we might want to exert and equal amount of wariness equivalent to the amount of boasting or front loading done by the said expert. There's an inverse proposition that may also be true here: That the more an idea or opinion about the best way forward is advanced by some one who looks the least likely to be an expert, perhaps the more likely we should pursue said solution with all due haste.
I've said this in other locations, but in today's knowledge driven, globally socially connected world, content rules. Trustworthiness and reputation are all you have that lend credence to advance your suggestions for solving what ails our society. However, applicability is the true measure of worth. If your content is broken or shoddy, you won't get any purchase on the ideas. If your solutions not applicable, there will be no follow up query.
The way around this barrier is to focus on building out good content in an inclusive and as large of pool of collaborators as possible, with a conscious disregard a person's credentials. Together, avoid grandiose claims of expertise, and work from a humble origin to build out applicable solutions that are powerfully positive.
Oh, and I'm well aware of the irony of my proposing this barrier. I may be wrong, even so, and I don't proclaim to be an expert in such barriers.