I have come to the conclusion that a person should never accept any statement or even fact as being the absolute truth…No statement should be believed merely because it has been made by an authority. –Hans Reichenbach
Is an “authority” the same as an expert? Well, I claim to be neither, so feel free to ignore Reichenbach regarding the truth of MY statements. What makes someone an expert, anyway? Judging by how often the “experts” are wrong, how high can the standard be?
Granted that anyone – even experts – can be mistaken, it’s laughable to call someone an expert who knows even less than you or I do. A prime example is the “Ask the expert” experts who guest on TV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Yes, the program has had trivia whiz Ken Jennings of Jeopardy fame, but for every such real expert, they have multiple clueless celebrities (e.g. former congressman Tom DeLay) who haven’t enough sense to be embarrassed by the obvious ignorance their appearances reveal. But then, how many politicians value shame recognition over name recognition? By the way, if Tom DeLay ever opts out of the Republican party, a resurrected Know Nothing party would seem to be the perfect fit. Of course, if Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? called them guest celebrities instead of experts in the first place, their know problem would be no problem.
I could go on, but enough is enough – and so I close without further DeLay.