We are all jacks of many trades and experts of only a few, if any. Despite this, opinions about everything are easy to develop and even easier to publicise. We encounter difficult questions about subjects unknown to us, such as climate science. In these situations, it is unreasonable to expect us to find our own answers. Instead, we rely on experts and we trust their judgment about their topics of study. Suppose that you cannot trust experts; they might be colluding to mislead you. Can you trust yourself to understand the complex topics more than you can trust the experts?
- Argument from authority, Wikipedia (EN)
- Fifth Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- "How politics makes us stupid" by Ezra Klein, Vox
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