Can We Trust Specialists?
Why should we call some people specialists? Becausethey have accumulated a system of expertise intheir domain after years of research and practicesand been acknowledged by their peers and thepublic. Those real specialists are able to provide thepubic with accurate information and solve manyproblems. Of course, as to err is human, realspecialists can not avoid making mistakes in their lives. But so long as they maintain an honestand scientific attitude toward their opinions, the public can still forgive them even if they makewrong judgments.
However, in recent years, the public have an increasing suspicion of specialists’ opinions. Somespecialists frequently appear in TV advertisements to endorse on certain products. Theseexperts seem to lose the public’s trust, for they are suspected to unfavorably direct the publicand provide wrong information. Inmy opinion, specialists’ opinions can only be trusted so longas they are honest.
Firstly, only honest specialists can provide objective and accurate judgments for the public.Nowadays, specialists are frequently consulted with by big companies and hence they are likelyto provide opinions in favor of those companies. This can be best illustrated in medicineadvertisements in the media. Pharmaceutical companies tend to invite specialists with whitehairs and various titles to provide their comments ontheir products. Without exception, thosespecialists highlight the advantages of new medicines, and then would recommend them tothe public. But one can not help thinking why these experts are willing to appear in the mediaand endorse on the new medicine. All the rational people can figure out that thosespecialistshave been bribed by pharmaceutical companies and hence their comments andrecommendations are in the interest of those companies. While the honesty has beencorrupted by money, should we still trust them?
Secondly, the media has produced a lot of fake specialists. Wrapped by an aura of trustabletitles, these fake experts would speak in an authoritarian tone to the public and provideclaimed accurate information. The truth is that realist specialists are banned by intellectualintegrity and regulations of their institutions to endorse on certain products in anyadvertisements. I am of opinion that real experts are reluctant to appear in the media, for realspecialists should absorb themselves in their research and do not wantto be disturbed by themedia. Consequently, we can reason that the more impressive the introductions of specialistare, the more likely they are fake specialists.
On all accounts, so long as specialists are not employed by companies to provide information tothe public,and they are not fake, their opinions are trustable, for real specialists are honest andprovide objective opinions. Otherwise, we should be cautious about their claimedauthoritarian opinions.