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FrameBenignly 1 June 2015 02:41 PM
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"The problem is that almost all experts have such sources of bias."

Almost all people have such sources of bias. Except in extreme cases, the expert's bias is not clearly worse than the average individual's. The funding sources exception I was mostly thinking of was political think tanks which can vary in quality. But there are plenty of academics that don't work at think tanks.

"Are they ignoring experts, or do they listen to the wrong experts?"

I would consider an expert to be someone with several years of graduate-level formal schooling in their specialty. Some experts don't have this training, but these individuals seem more rare. Experts are not hard to find; you will find them regularly quoted in any major newspaper. I seem to encounter a lot more examples of people specifically downplaying formal specialists' opinions when hearing them than of people being surprised by information they were unaware of and then changing their views accordingly. The "wrong experts" are usually not experts, and frequently those "wrong experts" will specifically state right from the start: "now I'm no expert, but..."

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melian 1 June 2015 06:33 PM
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But there are plenty of academics that don't work at think tanks.

Academics who work at government institutions or private universities are also very vulnerable to pressure from their colleagues, university authorities and funding sources.
I would consider an expert to be someone with several years of graduate-level formal schooling in their specialty.

I donít think you mean just any graduate-level formal schooling (that would make someone with a PhD in theology an expert on how to optimize an afterlife experience).


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FrameBenignly 1 June 2015 10:39 PM
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"Academics who work at government institutions or private universities are also very vulnerable to pressure from their colleagues, university authorities and funding sources."

I don't perceive this as being a bias unique to professors. Everyone has conformity pressure within their group.

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Fwiffo 2 June 2015 12:27 PM
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Not everybodys profession requires adhering the majority opinion.

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Fwiffo 2 June 2015 12:29 PM
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Surely even fields that are not reputable do have experts? There might be two questions, who is skilled on what skilltree and whether that skilltree ought to inform your decisions. People lying about their ability on a trusted skilltree or having legimate ability in a suspect skilltree are the two main hazards.

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ChristianKl 2 June 2015 03:33 PM
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Experts are not hard to find; you will find them regularly quoted in any major newspaper.
Being quoted in newspapers has a lot to do with issues that have nothing to do with real expertise.

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