Anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, January 6th deniers, and conservative Christians all have one thing in common: a distrust and rejection of majority expert opinion and an indulgence of conspiracy theories.
Anti-vaxxers don’t care that the overwhelming majority of medical experts say that vaccines are safe. Doctors and other medical experts are involved in a conspiracy to make money off of vaccines.
Climate change deniers don’t care that the overwhelming majority of scientists believe that climate change is real and is a threat to life on earth. Liberal environmentalists are faking the scientific research all to destroy the coal and gas industries and to push the “green energy” agenda.
January 6th deniers don’t care that the overwhelming majority of the world’s journalists and law enforcement agencies believe that thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the US capitol building on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair democratic election. This is fake news, created by the mainstream media and the liberals who own them, to destroy conservativism and traditional Christian values.
And, conservative Protestant and evangelical Christians don’t care that the overwhelming majority of New Testament scholars reject the eyewitness/associate of eyewitness authorship of the Gospels. These scholars are biased against the supernatural and against traditional, conservative Christianity and therefore their majority opinion should be ignored.
All of the above groups point to fringe/minority expert opinion—or worse—their own non-expert research, as evidence that they are correct and that the majority of experts is wrong. But what all these groups do not understand is this: Just because a few experts take a fringe position on an issue is not sufficient reason why you as a non-expert should reject the majority expert opinion. Smart, educated people accept majority expert opinion on all issues about which they themselves are not experts. Period. Educated people do not buy into conspiracy theories.
So, stop behaving like undereducated fools, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, January 6th deniers, and conservative Christians. Accept majority expert opinion on all issues.
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