Trust must be earned, not imposed. Information gatekeepers can be wrong. The danger of censorship in the name of “science” is growing.
In other words, we, flora, fauna, and, indeed, geological features such as rivers and granite outcroppings are equal.
Falsification of scientific research has been a chronic problem for the sector in recent years.
There is no substitute for independent thinking about science, whether you hold a science PhD or not.
It’s a particularly crude example of how confirmation bias works — how else would you explain this story? — not only among lay people but among top researchers.