Respect for expert knowledge seems to be at a historical low. Political populism is on the ascent; social tribalism looks like an unconquerable force. How to combat the plague of low information? Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College, has chronicled both this problem and what he sees as its solutions in his new book The Death of Expertise. In this interview, he explains how we got here and how we can move forward.
Octavian Report: Can you talk about your background and about the genesis of your book?
Tom Nichols is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and the author of The Death of Expertise.