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UCL STS: JBS Haldane Lecture - Prof. Heather Douglas (Waterloo)

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UCL Cruciform Building

Gower Street

B404 LT2

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UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies is proud to host Prof. Heather Douglas as part of the JBS Haldane lecture series, giving a talk on "How the Public can assess Expertise". The talk will begin at 6pm in LT2, B404, Cruciform Building, UCL.

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Although general trust in expertise remains relatively high, trust in specific expertise has seen drops for some publics. More worrisome, the relationship between experts and the public in democratic societies remains fraught. Expertise is not something that any of us can gain in all the areas where we need to make decisions, and we still need experts to help inform our decisions. Yet, straightforward reliance on experts is made complicated by experts whose work is not readily assessable in the short term and by the normal state of disagreement among experts. Such complications are exacerbated by failures of expertise, both historical and contemporary. In this talk, I will describe how the public can plausibly assess expertise, even cases of genuine expert disagreement, without demanding that they become experts themselves. These bases for assessing expertise serve ultimately as bases for trust in expertise.

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