Faux Experts

Following up on my post the other day about Nassim Taleb, I found a question/answer with him about his new book The Black Swan:

Q: What do you want people to take away from reading your book?

A: How not to be a fool for things that matter. You can take advantage of uncertainty if you know how to look it in the eye, and know the limits of what we understand. You should learn to accept fuzziness and know that we know very little in some domains, but that it can be so useful a guidance to reality. How to avoid taking seriously the “faux experts” (those who wear suits and act in a pompous way). How listening to the media, or studying economics, degrades your knowledge of the world.

His advice is straightforward and very on target, but how many people will really stop to reflect on his words?