We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...herein lies the purpose of experts. Itís to reinforce these mechanisms, to help people avoid the uncomfortable facts that the world is uncertain, that mistakes are inevitable, and that we are not as in control of things as we think.
Blaming experts for being wrong is like complaining that the economy is not yellow. Itís a category error so howling as to be nonsensical.
I don't blame experts for being wrong. I blame them (or more specifically their sycophants) for telling me what is going to happen (which they can't possibly know) instead of telling me what they think is most likely to happen. "Reliable" experts are a subset of those who have been around a while. Those that have any sort of integrity know that they're only good at what they do because they're the ones most likely to be wrong less often than most of the uninformed (I think that actually makes sense if you read it reaaal sloooow). Of course we have a media culture to blame for thinking they themselves can tell us "what it all means" which they can't possibly know without consulting their "experts".