Friday, November 29, 2013

Do You Think That Experts Understand the World?

Maybe they don’t. From Rick Hess’ blog:

I used to think that experts really understood the world. Now I think that they are people who know a great deal about tiny slivers of life, but that this narrow expertise is often of dubious value when it comes to tackling complex challenges or making the world a better place. More to the point, I now think that experts get so taken with their tiny slivers of expertise that they routinely overestimate both how much they know and their ability to produce broad, beneficial change.

You can read more here. Of course, we are experts. Do we think we know more than we actually do?


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