Re: Climate Change
The problem is that no one but the subject matter experts can read the original papers. The simplified / filtered versions are easy to misinterpret / characterize by people who have an agenda in either direction.
Then there are a lot of people with no scientific information at all, on BOTH sides making loud statements that are simply untrue. Whether its claims that volcanoes emit more CO2 than do people, or clams that Antarctica will melt or all of humanity will be extinct by 2100.
Dunning Kurger is strong here.
When a society no longer agrees on who are experts, it is doomed. I honestly don't see a way out of this mess. Modern science and technology are simply too complicated to understand without a huge amount of subject-matter specific knowledge. I don't have the expertise to evaluate climate science and a climate scientist does not have the expertise to evaluate my field. We would both know that, but a politician might think that they can evaluate both