“They all have agendas, and seek to reassure people simply because they will be criticized if they…
Douglas Eckberg
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You know you’re taking exactly the stance of the anti-vaxxers and the global warming deniers … that everyone who accepts the position provided by the scientific community is a dupe or a conspirator.

That is classic strawman argumentation: tell the other person what their position is — as opposed to actually dealing with what they said — in order that you can ridicule them.

And the idea implicit in your wording — that there is a single position taken by ‘the scientific community’ — reflects a lack of understanding as regards how science works. Science involves many controversies and apparently competing findings and theories: a situation amidst which only a fool would ‘accept a position’, as opposed to keeping an open mind.

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