Truth and Trust: the Rise and Fall of the Expert

French Biologist Louis Pasteur (Credit: Science History Institute/Gregory Tobias)

We live in a ‘post-truth world’. That phrase is rather Orwellian, a reality of alternative facts and fake news, where society questions everything, and is sceptical of everyone. But if there is one title that has lost any legitimacy in our modern age it is the expert, generally defined as a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject. Most conspiracy theories in our modern age…