Posted: Jun 19, 2019 5:55 pm
by Spearthrower
Scientific authorities now have to accommodate themselves to the fact that the lay public feels it need only accept authoritative views when these are supported by clear signs of good faith.

This, this is why there's a vaccine crisis in the developed world.

Hubris and anti-intellectual suspicion of expertise.

But I can just google it!

And that level of expertise (Dunning-Kruger) is brought to bear in the algorithm served up information that then tells you that vaccines cause autism, and because you went and found the information yourself, you believe it over what those self-absorbed, ivory tower academics tell you with their stupid reams of scientific trials. It's all a cover-up; they're all in it together.

The Dunning-Kruger effect should be taken as a serious warning against certainty, and should be learned in high schools all over the world.