Some Thoughts on Experts…

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (above)

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you never should trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.

….Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury


Nothing would be more fatal than for the Government of States to get into the hands of experts. Expert knowledge is limited knowledge and the unlimited ignorance of the plain man, who knows where it hurts, is a safer guide than any rigorous direction of a specialist.

….Sir Winston Churchill


If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science.

….Richard Feynman


I agree.


….Rebel Yell

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