the forces that produce honest inquiry have always been outgunned by people talking their own book. the massively multilateral infowars have been going continuously for millennia
if you use old theory, you’re working for the Olds. if you believe something, it’s because someone wanted you to.
beiser’s law of modern media and unthinkably bad events:
if the news is telling you that there’s a “worst case scenario that’s somewhat unlikely, but would be catastrophic,” they’re right that it’ll be catastrophic, but it’s definitely the most likely scenario, and definitely not the worst
(it remains unclear if the law applies only to short term events, or if it also applies over the long term)