A dose of ‘expert’ questioning may be needed

THE BEST description I have seen of science is by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman who said, “Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts”.

Think about it for a moment. This apparent non sequitur makes sense. Science is never settled as our knowledge evolves over time. And the notion of simply believing what an ‘expert’ says without being questioning is actually the basis of faith, not science.

So how does this play out in the real world? Not quite as well as in theory.

Recently two major studies