At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor In the faint predawn light, the ship doesn’t look unusual. It is one more silhouette looming pier-side at Naval Base San Diego, a home port of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. And the … Continue reading The case against specialists
The Experts We Need In the midst of the debate on the most crucial decision the United Kingdom has faced in a generation, then-Minister of Justice Michael Gove exclaimed, “I think the people in this country have had enough of … Continue reading As competent dentists
The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science One of the challenges that can arise in communicating science and other forms of scholarship to non-experts is the jargon involved. How many people can confidently explain the meaning of broadband asymmetric … Continue reading Learning language
Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters I know nothing about cars—but my dad does. That’s why I am asking for his advice ahead of buying a new car. He is the best expert at my disposal, and I trust … Continue reading Are we all experts?
Group Decisions May Suffer If Confidence, Expertise Don’t Match New research suggests, that when trying to make a decision with another person, people tend to match their confidence levels — which can backfire if one person in fact has more … Continue reading Matching confidence
Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new … Continue reading The reproducibility problem
To survive in an increasingly unpredictable world, we need to train our brains to embrace uncertainty We don’t like experts to express uncertainty. Imagine a politician running for president who promises “I’ll try to make good decisions most of the … Continue reading The uncertainty embracers