Has the Internet resulted in the death of expertise?

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Tom Nichols, professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, has written one of my favorite pieces in recent memory on the subject of expertise in society. In “The Death of Expertise” he examines the dynamic he has seen in intellectual exchanges of late, particularly since the public turned its attention to matters of national security around the NSA/PRISM …

20 tips for evaluating scientific evidence in a debate

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Hard data is the soul of any civilized argument. The problem is, the closer you look at most data-driven scientific arguments, the less perfect they appear. We are then stuck between unfounded opinions and fact-based arguments that have at least some degree of imperfections. How can we tell which is which? The journal Nature, the most serious of them all, …