Ha ha! “Ask the expert and then move on”…the way of the past. Too many of us who’ve been harmed by psychiatric medicine have learned that this did not work then nor does it work now. (that’s just how this guy opens up his talk…it’s not all that his talk is about…but I couldn’t help but make some comments about it)
Made me think of these quotes:
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. — Nicholas M. Butler
Where facts are few, experts are many. — Donald R. Gannon
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. — Shunryu Suzuki
In spite of this guy seeming to respect the blind habit of trusting the experts, he speaks to some very fascinating issues of our time: information in the internet age.
We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.
Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.
This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world.
By David Weinberger: