A prime example is how thousands are following a former soft core porn stars theory on vaccination, while foregoing the advice of doctors who have spent their entire adult lives studying the ramifications of vaccinations.
I just read barely the article, but what I understand is more one of his conclusion: "In any discussion, you have a positive obligation to learn at least enough to make the conversation possible".
What his an expert? For each two year in the field equal one year of university , it is what they call the equivalent. So, we can't state that because someone did six years of university, he is more than an expert who climb every day for ten years in different condition. This is particularly true in climbing when I red some guide self proclaim expert when they can't even rescue some one in danger in a white out in Mt Washington. Claiming that you spend more dollars for courses than day in the field doesn't make you an expert.
What is the conflict between expert is not the theory or practice, it is the conclusion. In a lake, two company fight to have a contract. One company is for the following of fishing industry and the other for the evolution of mercury in the water. If they found no mercury, fishing industry will have the contract, other wise, the other company will have the money. Two analysis and two results. Guest what happen?
Falsification of data is very dangerous and it is accepted in politic, particularly the justice ministry. In Quebec, a teacher change the definition of a world to eliminate a student of having grant. If you have 60 %, and asking for a grant, you will compete with people who will have 85%. Your chance to have a grant are 0%. The teacher change the definition so the student had 60%. The judge asked the teacher: do you change the definition? Of course the teacher can be accused of falsification, criminal offense, and lost his job. The teacher answer no, that what he wrote was O.K. So, the judge, knowing that the definition was false because he cited the definition that we found in literature, protect the teacher...making himself a falsification. That kind of politic, call judiciary power (oppose to legislative power and administrative power of the deputy) is very dangerous. The expert is not reliable because the authority, which is not elected democratically in Quebec, are violent against student. The student lost all his life.
Expert or money maker? Democracy and liberty is very important for me, as well as live free or die. The problem of expert is what you gain from the expert. If a judge can change the life of other just because of his conviction, expert worth nothing. I am for a democratic justice. I like to see in the futur, a panel of twelve person, choose randomly
from the population, without interest in a conflict, who will act as a judge for a week. With computer, I think that it is possible that a person of indiana and an other of florida be in a same panel to make the justice really "we the people".