In his excellent book Intellectuals and Society, economist Thomas Sowell talks of “credentialed ignorance.”  The phrase applies when a person asserts foolish opinions but is still taken seriously due solely to his credentials. More and more it seems like ordinary people have given up their common sense and their ability to think critically and, instead, chosen to simply blindly follow “the experts.” I see this all too often in my profession where the lawyer’s word is infallible due only to diploma hanging in his office.  Yet lawyers, like all people, do make bad decisions and occasionally give poor advice.

In this video I discuss “credentialed ignorance” and explain why you shouldn’t ignore your common sense when listening to “the experts.”