What next?

Along with everyone else, I am wondering, what next? I was horrified to learn of the removal of all references to climate change from US government websites. Looks like we are going to see more ideology driven influence on science.

I have spoken on this subject before. The need to take experts seriously. It is true that sometimes they are dead wrong, sometimes amateurs outside the system are able to see something the professionals have missed but these are usually people who have a nurtured a life long interest in the field and have obtained informally a near expert level knowledge base. The danger is in believing my ignorance is equal to your knowledge.

The problem is that to understand an argument is hard, it takes effort and time. To understand emotion is easy. It comes naturally. The wording thing is whether we have lost our ability to distinguish between the two.


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