ICR234: Tom Nichols, Death of Expertise
Today on the show I’m joined by Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.
Tom is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate.
He’s also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, and The Russian Presidency.
Simply put, he’s an expert.
In The Death of Expertise, Tom show a 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.
The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.
Here’s my conversation with Tom Nichols, in episode 233 of Informed Choice Radio.
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