In “The Death of Expertise”, a 2014 essay published in “The Federalist”, and now expanded in a recently released book of the same name, Tom Nichols openly questions a culture where everyone’s opinions about anything are as good as anyone else’s.
Google and Wikipedia have now grayed the area between the expert and the laymen. And while access to information provides huge overall benefits, when laymen with little information and a loud voice (Nichols gives the example of Jenny McCarthy and vaccines) speak with equal value as medical experts, the benefits are reduced.
Are experts always right? No.
But discounting years of training, experience, research, and education based on a Facebook meme, Wikipedia note, or Reddit response may not be a path to a better tomorrow.
Does this expert/laymen conflict and the “death of expertise” effect the EHS profession?
Have you seen it in your work?