"Expert failure"

Philip Morgan

My business is about supporting self-made experts, so I found this a challenging and interesting read: https://www.econlib.org/pandemics-and-the-problem-of-expert-failure/

An excerpt:

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we might have thought that “the experts” knew best and could guide us. But there is more than one area of expertise. And the speed, scale, and scope of this pandemic mean that we don’t know which areas of expertise matter or how to balance competing considerations coming from those that do. It would be a mistake to try to find one person to blame for what might turn out to be a case of expert failure. The root problem is not faulty expertise or bad actors. The root problem is that we are asking experts and politicians to do more than is humanly possible.

There is a real difference between experts who have the backing of an institution, and those who have built their own platform of authority. The latter have to compete more on the individual merits of their work. I think this article refers more to the former, but it's thought-provoking for all those pursuing expertise.

That link again: https://www.econlib.org/pandemics-and-the-problem-of-expert-failure/