- Dec 28, 2011
FTR...there is nothing worse than people getting overly defensive in a discussion. I'm not attacking you and I'm just stating my position that my intention was for this to be a broader discussion than just the OP story - not that there haven't been comments about that and not that there isn't value in discussing that too. I never said or implied you're ignorant in any way. I have included myself along with the high school graduates in the above posts as someone who is not an expert in everything and who out of necessity must also rely on others for their expertise, including lots of high school graduates who can, for instance, wire an outlet for $2K, when clearly I can not. Not knowing everything is not the same as being dumb but claiming you or someone else without the education or training, especially in technical fields, can just be your own expert is misguided IMO.
Haven't you done just this in at least half a dozen posts? You've been on your heels multiple times and your a professional. Conjecture but it seems to me you are high enough on that soap box to dismiss us, mere commoners. COVID and the rampant disinformation (that is being polite) provided us has severely diminished the trust in not only science but what Gov't refers to as "THE SCIENCE." Great harm was done.
While you certainly have valid arguments that deserve credence; invoking the ignorance of a commoner like me concerning climate change is dismissive and reveals an ideology and ideology in the world of science is exactly what at times leads to predetermined outcomes and watered-down findings to fit the funders requested narrative.
Edit to add: Additionally, modern science from my admitted armchair, seems centralized and focused on consensus whereas life-changing scientific developments in the past often came from a fringe. Hopefully this isn't your experience in the field and it's only a portion of what a layperson has knowledge of.