Expert opinions are important. There’s simply too much world out there for us all to become experts in everything, so we look to those who have devoted their entire professional lives to certain fields to help us to better glean the important wave tops, the broad strokes, of a topic.

If we’re not feeling well, we go to a doctor. If we want to get our finaninces in order, we go to an accountant. If we want legal advice, we go to a lawyer. Millennia ago, when mankind first developed rudimentary agricultural systems, it became clear that we, as a species, no longer had to devote every waking moment to the pursuit of a next meal, opening up possibilities for artists, thinkers, engineers and social leaders to devote themselves to other enterprises. As distant as we prefer to think those ancestors are from us… that system remains intact to this very day, and it could be argued, it’s the individual’s ability to pursue the field they choose to master that makes up the very fabric of our free society – not just in terms of personal liberty, but in particular, when it comes to navigating the incredibly complex cultural and societal system we’ve developed in the intervening years.

We need experts to way in on important topics. We count on them to have a better understanding of complex issues and boil down the important elements into digestible tidbits: pundits on your favorite news channel, scientists announcing a new discovery, former Supreme Court Justices wanting to tear apart the Constitution of the United States.

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