This chapter continues the theme of reliability. To the extent that we rely on the deliverances of science, that is not because we have a personal faith in the integrity of the scientists responsible for the results in question but because we have confidence in the practices and institutions of science itself. I suggest that, in this respect, we find a contrast between science and the world of fiction-makers and their audiences. I then raise some questions about the psychology of artistic creativity and its relation to that great theme of literature and quality fictions of all kinds: the mind. Finally, I take a look at the general idea of expertise, asking where we can expect to find it and where an illusion of expertise is more likely. I suggest that the idea of the ‘wise author’, able to see further into the depths of moral psychology than the rest of us, is something we have reason to be suspicious of.
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