Examining chicken intestines, reading the tea leaves, watching the markets – people turn to experts for insight into the mysteries that surround them.
Hidden forces are always at work in the world, and people always want to control them, a cognitive anthropologist explains. Enter the human universal of shamanism.
The shocking lack of gender balance is not just bad for women. It's doing the public a major disservice.
A public meeting of flat earthers is a product and sign of our times.
Crikey reminds Australia’s media it can be a little narrow minded.
Journalists are often under deadline pressure, which is why, says Crikey’s Emily Watkins, they return again and again to the same experts. Those who give good quotes are often also pretty good at making…
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Promising scientific consensus is a perilous principle on which to found meaningful engagement between experts and the public.
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Everything we know about the way experts’ brains work tells us that Mayweather is likely to win the fight.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.
Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
One of these is a human, the other not. Can you tell the difference?
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Universities can take a stand.
Despite the claims of populist politicians, academics and experts can drive positive social change.
EU agencies play an important role in food regulation.
A network of EU experts helps monitor food safety, banking conduct and medicines. And no-one seems to have a plan for replacing them.
In conversation: Martin Rees.
The Astronomer Royal answers some of the world's – and the universe's – biggest questions.
How to define the public role of universities in the age of post-truth populism.
Intellectual inquiry and expertise are under sustained attack, says Barney Glover.
Our need for unbiased, well-researched information has never been greater.
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The BBC’s Sherlock – along with most contemporary adaptations – seems to indicate that the values of the intellect are not those of society.
Nobody feels bad for you David.
We know what the politicians think about the experts – but what do the experts think of them?
Most economists argued against Brexit, predicting dire consequences if the UK voted to leave the EU. Here's why bets are still on to see if they were right.
Thumbs up to expert opinion.
Beware dumbing down.
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When all the evidence points in one direction, people can quite happily go the other. Whether it's Trump, Brexit or climate change.
Modern decision makers sit at the centre of a complex web of advice.
The push for policymakers to make 'evidence-based' decisions heightens the value of experts, but should it?
Anyone can claim to be an expert these days.
If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice. But the Australian suspicion of authority extends to experts, and this public cynicism…