The wise man grew up in a home that valued education. The wise man trusts expert consensus opinion.
The foolish man grew up in a home that was suspicious of higher learning. He sees public universities as bastions of liberal extremism and indoctrination. He distrusts “experts”. The foolish man ignores expert consensus opinion. The foolish man trusts his own research on the internet. The foolish man sees himself as the final authority on all issues.
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I’ve read that Evangelicals seem to be particularly prominent in the conspiracy theory community. In some ways that ‘s not surprising given they are taught from childhood one of the biggest conspiracy theories- that there is a super evil, super powerful devil lurking under every rock and is constantly trying to negatively affect their lives and seeks to undermine their faith. Evangelicals have also long had a mistrust of science and the media.
Until the age of the internet, and more precisely social media, their peculiarities didn’t play too big of a role in society. But now the gates seem to be thrown open. When the President of the country (Trump) buys into the view of a world of conspiracies it can’t be considered a blip. How to put the genie back into the bottle?
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