This Economist Thinks Listening to Experts Can Be Dangerous. Do You Agree?

Updated: February 13, 2012

Caleb Wojcik

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Should you always use and trust "experts"?

British economist Noreena Hertz wrote in 2002 about the potential collapse of the global financial system through corporate greed and unregulated markets.

After this came true she gave a controversial TED talk in late 2010 about expertise.

In this speech she cites a study where patients hooked up to an MRI listened to experts speak and the findings were extraordinary.

"As they listened to the experts' voices, the independent decision-making parts of their brains switched off," Noreena notes.

She also explores examples of when experts have failed society, and claims that relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise.

Check out the whole video below (or on YouTube).

How much do you think we can rely on experts?

How much should we rely on ourselves?

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