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
Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation It’s bad enough that expertise is under attack these days from populist political movements that dismiss specialist opinion as just another establishment ruse. But lately expertise is being criticized from another direction, too … Continue reading Randomized controlled trials vs. experts