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Who Do You Trust and Why?

Questions to Consider

View the video "Who Do You Trust and Why?" and consider these questions:

  • How do you negotiate disagreements among experts—that is, what determines who has authority when the conclusions of experts differ?
  • What can you do when confronted with information that disagrees with your own perspective?
  • How do you determine the level of expertise needed to establish authority; or, when do you need to consult academic and other sources?
  • What role does evidence play in determining the authority of experts; or, how do you know when to trust the evidence provided?
  • What role do various types of expertise (academic/professional training, experience, etc.) have in establishing authority—that is, in what situations are different types of expertise needed?
  • What is the significance of the age and location of information to its value as an authoritative source?
  • What value do non-academic sources have in academic conversations?

"Inform Your Thinking" tutorials created by Oklahoma State University, CC BY-NC 4.0