The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols audiobook

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

By Tom Nichols
Read by Sean Pratt

Tantor Audio 9780190469412

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665265058

  • ISBN: 9781665265041

  • ISBN: 9781665265065

Runtime: 8.67 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything and all voices demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.

Tom Nichols shows this 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. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement.

Nichols notes that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both.

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A sharp analysis of an increasingly pressing problem. Kirkus

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Author Bio: Tom Nichols

Author Bio: Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols is a professor at the US Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He has written widely, including five books, on international relations, Russian affairs, and nuclear weapons. In addition to his academic posts, he has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Washington, he served as personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania.

His works include The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, and The Russian Presidency.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English