Friday, August 21, 2020

The Death Of Expertise by Tom Nichols.

I am going to read this book next month, September, 2020, for a nonfiction book discussion group I am in. I have a hunch in the days of the Covid-19 pandemic the ideas in this book will be more timely and relevant than ever with Donald Trump's denial of the public health principles underlying the spread of the coronavirus which is contributing to a death toll climbing towards 200,000 Americans.

Donald Trump claims he is a very stable genius and smarter than the generals and the public health experts. Many Republican governors are cut from the same cloth and their constituents are becoming infected and dying. This dismissal of expert knowledge and advice based on the Dunning-Kruger effect has deadly consequences.

Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. An emphasis on "responsible" should be placed.

There will be articles posted during September, 2020 on this blog about ideas generated from the reading of this book. I hope you will read the book if interested and participate in the discussion.


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