In short… if you want ppl to believe something is true, just go into arXiv and find somebody supporting your ideas (you’ll find it) and then cite them.
sigh I guess it’ll keep going as long as people believe “Scientists warn that…” and “Statistics show….” without stopping to think for themselves.
It’s my biggest beef with the “yay science” movement going on over the past few years. I’m all for science and love it… and I’m ok with people trusting “science over [religion/politics/folk wisdom/playground rumors]” up to a point…. but no matter what the source is… one has to question for themselves.
Otherwise… junk science gets out there and is as hard to eradicate as any bad idea, once cemented.