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    Watching BBC News i have noticed that there is an absolute desperation for balance / to appear impartial, which is usually at the expense of presenting actual facts. The truth has been politicised.

    An example of this has been the failure to mention that one side within academia / economist circles is a minority view (it is safe to say the leave side is a minority view amongst these).

    The obsession with setting up debates, insisting that views differ and each side is neck on neck (with regards to credible qualitative and quantitative proof from experts) has made things worse. This has allowed politicians to create more bs figures and to repeat untruths.

    What has made this worse is the demonisation of academics and various other experts and economists - tarring them all with the same brush as bankers that caused the financial crisis. I have found the disregard for 'expert' opinion shown throughout this debate to be dangerous. The school of thought which somehow sees the public as knowing better than any 'experts' ("what the hell do those experts know about real life?")
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    Yeah, its silly giving an equal platform to, e.g. climate scientists and most climate change deniers, medical researchers and anti-vaccers

    But this is all an extension of the populace's desire for democracy, in areas where it doesn't belong; that we shouldn't have 'unelected' people in positions of power, even economists and central bankers, such as in the ECB and the Bank of England.

    One day, there will be calls to democratise science
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    Yeah, its silly giving an equal platform to, e.g. climate scientists and most climate change deniers, medical researchers and anti-vaccers

    But this is all an extension of the populace's desire for democracy, in areas where it doesn't belong; that we shouldn't have 'unelected' people in positions of power, even economists and central bankers, such as in the ECB and the Bank of England.

    One day, there will be calls to democratise science
    It wouldn't surprise me at all if that happened.

    i feel as though academics and 'experts' are being demonised like social workers were during the Baby P, Edlington and Rotherham
 
 
 
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