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The cult of expertise

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During the pandemic, public officials have consulted medical experts on social policy. Expert advice is often indispensable. There are, however, limitations on expert advice:

1. Epidemiologists seem to be the primary consultants. That’s fine up to a point. But it can lead to tunnel vision. For instance, an ER physician has a legitimate viewpoint but his professional experience is hardly representative of society in general. 

2. There may be lack of consensus among experience in the same field.

3. Medical science is highly specialized and interdisciplinary. There are many medical specialists in cognate disciples with relevant expertise.

4. Outside of medicine, there are experts on growth curves. They know how changing a variable here or there can drastically change the projection.

5. There are other areas of expertise directly germane to the crisis. Take economists.

Likewise, psychologists, sociologists, and historians. Economic collapse will lead to joblessness, homelessness, higher property crimes, substance abuse, clinical depression, suicide, and general social unrest. 
6. And it shouldn’t be confined to the “experts”. Small businessmen ought to have input on policies that adversely impact the local (state, national, and international) business community.