Are you familiar with ultracrepidarianism? Under this barbaric name hides an art in full boom: that of speaking with confidence about what one does not know. So, of course, ultracrepidarianism has always existed, but with the rise of social networks, it is now accessible to as many people as possible and can be practiced in front of an increasingly large audience. A topical example? The multiplication of the number of medical experts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Close-up on a term that we have not finished hearing about.
Philosopher and physicist, Étienne Klein looked into this phenomenon from the start of the epidemic. From his reflection and his observations was born a book entitled Le Goût du réel.
Étienne Klein, interviewed by Brut:
“At the beginning, when we discover a new field, we discover ourselves spontaneously competent (…) We are all called to be victims of this ultracrepidarinanism (…) Simply, we must be aware of it and, when we have a public voice that can have important political effects, we must be careful. “
In other words, he especially does not prevent himself from forming an opinion and even less from expressing it. But it is good, before rushing in either case, to question the reliability of our knowledge and that of our sources of information.
A precious reminder, especially in these days.
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