Indeed, Ellen Shapiro, it’s more than odd, it can be dangerous.

Then again, we’re all experts… in ourselves. But of course that’s hardly a selling point for anything.

There’s a great book about “the campaign against established knowledge” called The Death of Expertise, by Tom Nichols. And he is refreshingly blunt.

I live in WA and we have a measles outbreak because some parents refuse to vaccinate their kids. Because they’ve decided their expertise is far superior than established science, we have a public health hazard on our hands.

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