Really? Even when it comes to highly technical science that only attracts the best and smartest and even then it still requires a decade of training with other experts in the field before that person can be labled an expert themselves? You think you or I really have a foot to stand on if we decided to show up at the office of an MIT physics professor to debate that in our "expert opinion" quantum chromodynamics is flawed?"Admittedly, while much of this is self-inflicted, we as a society need to make changes that result in increased public confidence in our "experts"
Being a free individual I could care less what an "expert" says. Some "Experts" want the world to be as they think it should be.
I dont need to be told how to live, how to act or who to hire, this is part of a free society. We slowly but surely as a people seem to be handing power over us to "experts" at the cost of your freedoms.
Who determines who is an expert when it comes to social issues?
With that said, good OP, I would call the OP more of an analyst providing facts for people vs so called experts. The study might be considered a study by a mathematician which I think is more credible than someone labeled an expert.
People can be their own experts, make their own decisions as long as they have the facts from analysts and that to me is what is missing in our society. Everyone tuned into entertainment soap opera news and nothing more.
This is a ridiculous notion for the "average person" who can barely do long division thinks their opinion means anything in these situations and the simple fact is MOST people HAVE to rely on experts in these situations. Oh we can vomit our worthless ill-informed opinion all we want but it's meaningless. I argue no, people cannot be their own experts in everything. If that was possible, we wouldn't need experts in anything because everyone would be capable of knowing everything. This isn't a knock on people, it's just a division of labor that's required in a highly technical and busy world.