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L’autorità di Wikipedia

July 4, 2013

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Sistemi Intelligenti 25 (2013) 9-38; very kindly translated by Fabio Paglieri from the original. Philosophers of argumentation and of testimony suggest that we can rely on what someone says because of its epistemic merits. If so, then we should never credit Wikipedia, since we cannot assess what its anonymous contributors know. I propose instead that […]

What is ‘responsible advocacy’ in science? Good advice.

July 14, 2012

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"Responsible" advocacy is still advocacy. To be good, it should be zealous. But zeal undermines scientific authority. So advising, not advocating, should be the speech act of choice.

Good reasons for trusting climate science communication

July 14, 2012

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Scientists can earn trust--but only by making themselves vulnerable.

Accounting for the appeal to the authority of experts

July 14, 2012

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Experts have methods for earning the trust of lay audiences--but using their authority is costly. I explain how.

Trust in experts as a principal-agent problem

July 14, 2012

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Principal-agent theory can help us understand some of the reasons we may have for distrusting experts--and how that distrust can be addressed.

Dilemmas of expertise in sustainable agriculture

July 14, 2012

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What do four eminent experts in sustainable agriculture think of their roles in policy-making? And what communication strategies do they understand they have to fulfill those roles?

The authority of the IPCC First Assessment Report and the manufacture of consensus

July 14, 2012

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"Consensus" as the strategy selected by scientists associated with the IPCC--a poor rhetorical choice.

Maslin v. Morano

July 14, 2012

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In a close textual analysis of a short debate, I show how an outstanding scientist is unable to simultaneously exert his authority and to advocate effectively--especially when up against an outstanding advocate on the other side.

The authority of Wikipedia

July 14, 2012

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We don't trust Wikipedia because we're confident that the collective of editors know stuff. We trust Wikipedia because the Wikipedians love it.

When science goes public: From technical arguments to appeals to authority

July 14, 2012

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Even under favorable conditions, evidence-based technical arguments become transformed into appeals to expert authority when they enter the public sphere.

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