Book: The Death of Expertise

Book: The Death of Expertise

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols

People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues.

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Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.   (Proverbs 26:12)

Within the Christian Church everyone believes themselves to be the embodiment of facts and truth. In other words, the hunger for righteousness encounters a full belly of self-righteousness while the thirst for righteousness was replaced with the dry-whine of self-centeredness. Today’s church attenders make the grumblers that tormented Moses in their desert walk look like selfless do-gooders. Cultural Christianity has replaced Carried-Cross Christianity.

While God has not directed me to read the book, and He may later, the introduction below fine tunes the evil Jesus prophesied would come. The increase of evil happening today that is leeching out the selfless love of God from individual’s lives.

Bonus: Think once again jury duty in combo with the narcissistic King County Prosecutors of Washington State. The reader will quickly understand why Governor Jay Inslee, of Seattle, reflects these Prosecutors “So what” approach towards evidence of truth, facts and lawful laws.

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You believe that there is one God. Good!
Even the demons believe that–and shudder.   (James 2:19)

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(global.oup.com)—People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.

As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement.

Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.

ISBN-13: 978-0190469412
ISBN-10: 0190469412