RS#34: Why do people listen to celebrities’ opinions?

Episode #34 of the Rationally Speaking podcast is all about celebrities giving their opinion on topics they don’t know much about: why do they get invited to opine on those topics at all, and why are people influenced by them? Even people who are experts in a technical field often give misleading viewpoints when they’re offered a platform to talk about fields other than their own. Massimo and I talk about some examples, describe some relevant psychological studies on influence, and still somehow manage to work in our standard bickering about philosophy.

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