Yet a lot of people out there still think Wikipedia is meaningfully “vetted” and if you find an inaccuracy, you can “Update it then. That’s the entire point.”
It is all about the costs of getting on the wrong side of the power structure. To say that this “chills” debate about scientific issues is an understatement.
For those who are always lecturing us about “Follow the science” and “Believe the scientists,” this episode should be an eye opener.
Imagine there was a pandemic and people found themselves greeting statements from scientists, conveyed by the media, with increasing jaded skepticism.
Newcomers to intelligent design often ask us about a certain influential online encyclopedia. We have to laugh.