but we hear too much those who know nothing about it To speak confidently about things that one does not know is ultracrepidarianism. Explanations with the philosopher and physicist Étienne Klein.
Étienne Klein is absolutely right. Ultracrepidarianism, a precious word to know because it sums up a general disease today, which is rotting society. Why ? Because from the moment when it is no longer competence and rational arguments that are used to act, especially in politics, but beliefs, digressions from facts or knowledge, fabrications generated by popularization misunderstood scientist, impressions and affects completely disconnected from technical realities, we enter into arbitrariness.
As outstanding areas where we speak in ignorance and arbitrariness, Étienne Klein cites GMOs, nuclear power and of course COVID. When we enter into arbitrariness, we enter into dictatorship, and we can clearly see it with COVID. Driving around in the car, going in forests or on little-frequented seaside is not a health risk for anyone. But it is currently prohibited in France. Forbidden why? Because in these places, we cannot be controlled. By not limiting oneself to actions based on technical and scientific knowledge, we have entered into a dictatorship.
Because there is a consequence of ultracrepidarianism that Étienne Klein did not speak about. When in society it has become common or even normal for everyone to talk about what he does not know, to denounce facts which have yet good reasons, to "cry out his anger" or to shout about anything and everything what, and to demand measures going in the direction of its incompetent subjectivity, the smartest people who want to manipulate you knowingly mimic this posture, foremost among them, the politicians. It is in fact known in psychology that one of the best means to communicate, in fact to manipulate, is mimicry. Thus the incompetent stuck in their Dunning-Kruger see their own posture in political decision-makers playing on affects in the name of a health whose technical elements are selected with partiality and those going beyond health are ignored. They recognize themselves in it and accept without flinching their demands in the name of health, such as the need for an Ausweis to leave their home.
Unfortunately, it is not their fault that we do not hear the engineers. They express themselves well, but technically and scientifically. And if they popularize, it is almost worse than evil because all incompetent people think they have mastered the subject.
To hear engineers, and techniques in general, you yourself have to make very great efforts in training, analyzing, spending a lot of time studying subjects, and this is not within the reach of everyone. . Normally that's what decision-makers and their advisers are supposed to do: find where the skill is, solicit it from those who have it, and base actions on it.
We are far from it today: the scientific and technical incompetence of politicians and decision-makers is such that they often do not even know on whom to rely, and their perversion is such that even if they have well targeted the competence , they will manipulate it to better establish their exercise of power. The infantilization and control of the citizen today through the management of COVID is typical of this state of affairs.