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The Death of Expertise Audiobook

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

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Publisher's Summary

People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues.

Today, everyone knows everything and all voices demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. Tom Nichols shows this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the Internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine.

Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement.

Nichols notes that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy - or in the worst case, a combination of both.

©2017 Oxford University Press (P)2017 Tantor

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"A sharp analysis of an increasingly pressing problem." (Kirkus)

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    BioPharmer Bloomington, IN, USA 06-21-17
    BioPharmer Bloomington, IN, USA 06-21-17 Member Since 2007
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    "A defeatist sentimentality"

    I enjoyed the book immensely and it gave me pause to remember that humility is the virtue and pride is the sin. Even though this is non-fiction it has a very dystopian feel to it, much like the fictional works of Orwell, Huxley, Atwood and Sinclair. I would recommend it to both expert and layperson alike.

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 06-19-17
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 06-19-17 Member Since 2017

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Buy a Copy for your Congressman!!"

    This is probably one of the most important books to be written in the last decade. And yet, the people that SHOULD read it, NEVER WILL!!!

    And such is the conundrum we are in as a society. The idiots that think that science and facts should be spelled "science" and "facts", complete with smug little air quotes and all, will NEVER, EVER read this book. And why would they? It would utterly destroy their precious little fantasy world, where their opinion on particle physics is just as good as the particle physicist, or, much more disturbingly, that their lone opinion on climate change is equally as accurate as a consensus of climate change scientists.

    It disgusts me that this book even needed to be written, but thank the Greek Gods that it was!! This is a truly revolutionary read, and in a perfect society it would be mandatory reading for all politicians and children.

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    iKlick NC USA 09-10-17
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    Seeing the other reviews, I realize I am in a very small minority in stating that overall, I was disappointed in this audio book. I had read some good (though brief) reviews, but the book seemed to meander and deviate from what its title indicated the subject would be. I thought too much time was spent discussing the failings of colleges and universities. The Introduction and Conclusion parts of the book were good, as was the chapter on “The ‘New’ New Journalism.” I did like the author’s writing, and his use of words and conveying his thoughts were well done. However, the substance of what he said was often unimpressive, and I was somewhat put off by the author’s occasional flashes of a fondness for elitism (though he was referring to “good elitism” rather than the “bad elitism” as is typically viewed for an egalitarian society).

    If the audio book had been condensed to 90 minutes from its over 8-hour length, hitting the high points, it would have been a worthwhile listen for me, since the author did have some good observations. What helped me finish the audio book was the superb reading by Sean Pratt. He was one of the best narrators to whom I have listened.

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    Frank Laske Lebanon, NH 07-30-17
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    "Fantastic"

    My first ever audible book. I loved it. I wish I had the hardcopy to reference but one does have a budget. :)

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    Stephen J Carmel, IN 07-01-17
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    "Timely Sounding of the Alarm"

    First off, an excellent reading. The text itself is a well researched and accessible treatment of the issue. O have to assume that most readers/listeners are not defensive about the issue, and hope for ways to better understand engage family, friends, and colleagues who seem to oppose expert perspectives and critical reasoning. The book does not have any silver bullet solutions, but is heartening to those who possess or respect credentialed expertise and fear the rise of conspiracy mongers online and non-expert pundits on cable news.

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    "fantàstic book"

    excellent book. narration was imcredible. buy this book, NOW. really. fantastic. you will enjoy it

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    Josh Fulton 06-21-17
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    "I couldn't stop listening."

    A fascinating and insightful look at the problems with today's youth. The author is a teacher so he has witnessed and deconstructed the millenial train wreck.

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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 06-18-17
    Craig C. austin, TX United States 06-18-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Describes our current situation"

    Describes the path to our current situation of fake news and alternative truths. It would be useful for all Americans to read this.
    The author had trouble trying to identify solutions to this quandary. There are no clear paths for ways to make the cultural and social changes to reverse the thinking patterns that have us in seemingly endless loops.

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    PerphektXero Here 06-10-17
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    "Very good, very important"

    I recommend this audio book to every adult: those who are experts, those who have strong opinions, and those who do not.

    Tom thoughtfully and objectively appears to demonstrate the clear issues between experts and everyone else and the problems we face because of this. He even offers suggestions to all groups of people to try and reduce the "Death of Expertise" in beliefs and decisions we all have and make. He holds everyone accountable, even the experts (himself).

    Tom gives readers and listeners something to think about and reflect on their approach to experts, or experts approaches to "laypeople".

    The reader in the audiobook does a great job delivering the information as well. He is very easy to understand and listen to.

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