weak connection but we have social rules about claims and evidence and trust. laws matter but this stuff is what really holds societies together. gives the culture legitimacy.
people get burned out on bullshit and antagonism. scientists and the M5M should not have dismissed the leak possibility as they did. journalism and the scientific establishment needs to hold to higher standards. but as a general public, this is what bad faith leads to.
@wjmaggos If the barrier to entry is "we can't trust anything that retards also advocate", we're doomed.
I think it would really help if we could know how many people claimed to believe these things. Did the number of flat earthers even ever increase or did we just hear about them or were people trolling us?
@wjmaggos While it would be useful to get that information, I don't know you could reliably do it because preference falsification, let alone the lack of an institution with enough universal trust.
a place for liberal values on the #fediverse