With the internet providing an alternative expert base, and many so-called independent authorities having hidden agendas, is it time to ask whether we should trust experts?
When Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, he commented, “Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.” When experts are wheeled onto chat shows, commenting on the latest celebrity mishap, it is usually harmless psychobabble. When authoritative opinions can put innocent people in prison, or make us question our instinctive abilities, or when experts can lead us to war, then it is definitely time to ask whether we should trust them. (Continued) Total Word Count 2137
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