The Blindness of Experts
With Guest: Kevin Ergil
The downside of being an expert is that our knowledge and sense of understanding can blind us to valuable information and give us a false sense of security. As acupuncturists we too are experts. Which gives us a level of skill that truly can help others. But at the same time we run the risk that all experts face of thinking we understand, when in fact we are ignoring vital information.
Listen into this conversation on the benefits and challenges of being an expert.
- The problems that can arise when “experts” fix something they think they understand
- Knowing your scope
- Beginners Mindset
- The importance of curiosity
- Cancer Patient Case Study
- On going learning
- Evidence based medicine
I am a 62-year-old cisgender white male who has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1978 and Asian medical traditions for almost that long. I started my Tibetan medicine studies in 1980 and my traditional Chinese medicine studies in 1982. I received my NCCAOM certification in 1989 and my California License in 1990 and since then have practiced, taught about and run programs for learning TCM on both coasts. I say TCM because I think that’s a good term for what I do, but I’ve studied and used quite a few Japanese styles.
Right now, Kevin is rereading “The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization” by Peter Senge and reading “How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality”.
If you want to read a great book “Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks” by Ben Goldacre. The chapter on “bad stats” is particularly relevant to the “expert” podcast.
While this is hilarious to watch, it also gets to the core of how limited and fragile the world of an expert can be.
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