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Fears of a world with not enough knowledge at Salisbury Forum

Tom Nichols spoke at the Salisbury Forum on Oct. 19 about how Americans collect information today, and his fears that too many people have opinions that aren’t based in fact. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

FALLS VILLAGE — Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” academic, and prominent conservative critic of Donald Trump, opened his Salisbury Forum talk Friday night, Oct. 19, by asking, “Why would I write a book with such an obnoxious title?”

He said that while experts have always been fair game for critics, “there is a kind of global attack on experts and expertise that is new.”

“People think they are smarter than experts.”

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