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Skeptical expertise

Posted on: February 21, 2020

I enjoy the Wired series of YouTube videos where experts critique examples of their work as represented on TV or the movies.


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The video above featured a robotics expert who shared his thoughts on how tinsel town represented robots and other forms of artificial intelligence.

This and other episodes in the series make me wonder: Might expertise tend to lend itself to skepticism? By the same token, might cynicism be a function of ignorance?

The most stubborn people I know tend to be novices who cling on to basic ideas or old assumptions. They might ask questions, but they do not seek answers that might contradict what they already know. This reinforces ignorance.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the most respectable experts are humble and admit that the more they know, they less they are certain. They remain open to processing new information. If they are experts at all it is not their content knowledge but their strategies of thinking.

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