Brian Cox on instant experts

“We’re talking about blustering people, people who are overconfident and have no humility, who don’t think. That’s the sort of person who says ‘I know better than these people who study these things’. It’s nonsensical.

Imagine that we’re flying on a plane, and imagine that the passengers decide that they think they can fly the plane better than the captain. So they say ‘come on, we’ve had a vote and we all think that it’s our right as a citizen to land this plane rather than you’. It doesn’t matter that you’ve studied it for 20 years.

That’s what we’re dealing with when we’re dealing with these people who are in powerful positions in certain countries.” – Professor Brian Cox. Read more here.

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