Believability versus Gullibility

Last night, I happened on a long discussion on Facebook and my eye caught a particular comment on the story. The comment was to the effect that whatever had been posted was not only ‘nonsense but dangerously misleading’ but that he doubted anyone would actually listen to him, an expert in the field. He went on to say that using his expertise in such conversations had already “cost him friendships”. Several others had then made similar comments about how as a vet his friends were often more liable to listen to their neighbor, the village gossip, or his receptionist, than him. This is something I have written about before yet feel strongly about. The decline of the expert opinion and its believability parallels in many ways the decline in respect

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