The rule of experts

We are often advised to follow some policy or other on the grounds that all the experts agree in recommending it.  Such reliance on “wise men” rather than democracy reminded me of a saying, I think by C. S. Lewis, which from memory runs as follows:

Who are these “wise men”?  Either they are those whom the foolish think wise — a doubtful recommendation — or else those even more foolish souls who think themselves wise.

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