Feeling Like an Expert?
8/11/2015 10:39 AM
This very brief blog post reports on a study concerning a disconnect between claimed expertise and actual knowledge. I suggest that the phenomenon reported on here is quite generalizable --- that is, applies to many fields, not merely the one specifically studies.
The negative impact of placing too much trust in “the Experts” is one I hope all of us are familiar with. As Muslims, it is incumbent upon us to make the best possible decisions for our families — and part of what this requires is that we inform ourselves adequately across a range of many issues.
A significant aspect of Project Sakinah’s work is to provide resources for our community to inform and educate itself about family issues whose impacts spread far beyond those immediately affected. It behooves us all to increase the level of responsibility we take for our Community — and this brief entry from PsyBlog provides yet another reason why.
One of the hallmarks of true expertise is humility. How often have we heard Physicians and Engineers, or any “professional”, for that matter, holding forth topics about which they actually know little? As Muslims, we have a beautiful model in our true scholars — who so often make no claims as to their expertise, describing themselves only as “students of knowledge”.