Truth by consensus!
Now there’s a stable foundation for science and public policy!
When someone making an assertion offers as support the fact that the majority of experts back his view, then you know the arguer has no argument.
People resort to fallacies (false reasoning) for one or more of the following reasons:
- they haven’t thought through a proper defense of their point of view
- they KNOW they don’t have any legitimate reasons resilient enough to respond to critique
- they are lazy and rather just bash their opponent by appealing to a variation of that old song lyric ‘50 million Frenchmen can’t be wrong‘!
But science has always progressed by being dragged forward by a few brave souls going against the ‘party line’.
So what is driving the forceful and almost shrill proclamations that the ‘debate is over’?
Like so much in life, I think it’s……… the money.
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