Shmexperts: How Ideology and Power Politics are Disguised as Science

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During the BP oil leak of 2010 while the “experts” were frantically working on a solution to stop the flow, thousands of people were offered solutions. One suggestion came from a plumber named Joe Caldart, but since he wasn’t a scientist with a PhD, his plan was dismissed outright. Only when a professor of engineering at Berkeley and former Shell executive recognized the validity of his idea and passed it on to BP, did they listen. Six weeks later a strikingly similar design was lowered onto the Macondo well, and the eighty-seven-day crisis ended.

In this age of technology, experts, studies, and the media, more young people than ever are attending college and more degrees are being conferred every year, but with all the degrees conferred and the numbers in academia soaring, it is prudent to examine not only what is being taught and how, but also its effect on society and the culture. We are constantly bombarded with studies and so-called expert opinions that are contradictory, controversial, and ineffective. Explanations of current events are accepted at face value by the common man of today because they are informed by “experts in the field.”

In Shmexperts: How Ideology and Power Politics are Disguised as Science Marc E. Fitch examines the modern myth of experts in today’s twenty-four hour media cycle and explains why viewers, readers, and average joes should do their own research too. In understanding the underlying philosophy and motivation of these experts and the media that promote them, we will gain greater insight and critical thinking skills by which to determine whether or not an expert as cited in the media is a true expert or an agenda-driven shmexpert.

In this brilliantly insightful book, Fitch warns of the frightening prospect of a society led into intellectual complacency by relying on mass-media manipulation and the bureaucratization of knowledge. Shmexperts explores the philosophy inherent in the media’s reliance on and use of experts and its negative influence on society as a whole. In this truly enlightening book, “average” Americans will learn to trust themselves over the so-called “experts” that have infiltrated the media.

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Marc E. Fitch was awarded the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship for his work on Shmexperts and is the author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot and the novel, Paradise Burns. His work has appeared in the Federalist, American Thinker, and at WND. Fitch has an MFA degree from Western Connecticut State University and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children. For more information visit www.marcfitch.com.

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I’ve been waiting for a book all my adult life that comes right out and says that our high regard for experts, even the ones with actual science degrees and the like, is fundamentally misplaced. Fitch makes the case, with great humor, that our trust in today’s experts, even when their data is weak and their conclusions wildly overblown, is just another manifestation of that more ancient guide faith, which I’d add is also unreliable. Sometimes everyone is wrong. . . . If enough people read his book, maybe even college graduates will find the courage possessed now only by uneducated bar-stool drunks to say it’s all bunk.

(Todd Seavey, SpliceToday columnist, author of Libertarianism for Beginners, and former editor at the American Council on Science and Health)

Marc Fitch's Shmexperts serves as a refreshing and long-due reminder that the odd man out is often the smartest one in the room. Shmexperts will give you the extra confidence boost you need to continue the quest for truth.

(Cheryl Chumley, journalist, columnist and author of Police State USA)

Shmexperts should be prescribed to any twenty-something suffering from the urge to attend graduate school. This preventive medicine will save many $40,000 and a year of their lives spent in search of empty credentials. As Marc Fitch explains, skills and professionalism are more valuable than graduate degrees. Shmexperts celebrates the self-taught, the wise and true professionals. Many books will claim to teach you how to become an expert in an hour. Marc Fitch explains why this is a fate to be avoided, rather than sought after. 

(Zachary Janowski, Yankee Institute for Public Policy)

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