We have a lonely hypothesis standing by itself in the center of the room, which no one, including its author, will own as true.
Does philosopher of biology Paul Nelson reject “mainstream science”? Of course he does not.
“The category ‘mainstream science’ sounds plausibly neutral, capturing the sort of objective knowledge to which any well-educated adult should assent.”
What a mess would-be attorney Megan Sullivan has made of her research.
The association with “mainstream science” is often weaponized as a way of overawing us and persuading us to stop expecting answers to hard questions.