Expert Fallacy is a human psychological phenomenon that is described as believing people only based on what they are wearing or posing as.
This is nothing but the human tendency to believe in someone who looks like an expert and may not be an expert in reality. There was a National Geographic video that explained it better.
In the experiment, National Geographic person, dresses up like a journalist and goes to random people with his camera crew and mic and tell them weird things that is unbelievable and are not true. But the people tend to believe him.
When the same person approaches random people in ordinary cloth and not with his camera and mic, people out rightly deny talking to him.
The theory thus suggests, that human beings are well-trained to believe anyone looking like an expert and humans don’t look for the knowledge in reality. This also tells that humans can be easily fooled by using these fake experts or by paying some experts to talk certain language.
In the online world, Expert Fallacy comes to the point of how one person projects oneself or how one is projected by others.
Feminists very often use these psychological characteristics of the human brain to fool us.
An example is from an AIIMS study of feticide where it was found that more female human fetus under 20 weeks of gestation period was killed (abortion – which is legal) in South Delhi area between 1996-2012. But when the fetus age was more than 20 weeks, it was found that more male fetus was killed.
Based on this, Dr. Chittaranjan Behera who published this study on behalf of AIIMS, raised a false alarm in the Times of India report that gender-selective abortion (gender of a fetus can be determined after 12 weeks) was one of the reasons for killing the female fetus.
Dr. Tulsi Patel who was mentioned in the article as “Expert” also reiterated this point and blamed patriarchal Indian mindset behind this.
Please note, that here not only professional doctors are used to confirm female feticide but a fake ‘expert’ is created by TOI. Also, a big media house like TOI is used to propagate the story so that gullible people believe this story easily.
A point to be noted here is that abortion before 20 weeks of gestation period is legal in India and can’t be considered as a crime under feticide at all. If AIIMS report did point to any crime that was killing of male children above 20 weeks. Surprisingly, all experts and media was silent about that and completely suppressed the fact that the real danger was “feminism” that demand abortion to be a right to the mothers under the feminist propaganda of “My Body, My Choice”.
Hence we see how Indian media create complete biased and one-sided public opinion about crime against women using “Expert Fallacy”.
The general people also fall into this trap easily. They tend to believe what experts say without applying their own brain. This conversation will make that clear –
To my comment above Sagina Pradhan replied –
So, the crime of “female feticide” which means murder (as projected by the article and as she believed initially) became the crime of “gender determination” which is more innocent in nature.
So this clearly shows that how our so-called experts are “used” to create a false perception in the society. Sometimes these experts are “created” by paid media to promote certain thoughts they want to promote, as shown in a Nat Geo video. Many times we see these self-styled experts creating false public opinion in debates and other bigger national forums and promoting biased thoughts. Since common people do not question experts easily, any self-proclaimed or media created expert can change/form public opinion to a great extent.
So we understand how “expert fallacy” is used to suppress real facts and promote some media intended popular thoughts.
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