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#Contrarianism isn't a fault. It isn't even a "nice-to-have".

It's an essential mental skill if you're going to get to the truth.

Most important truths have some kind of bullshit epistemic minefield around them. If you can't bulldoze through those, you are NGMI.
The epistemic minefield around #Lableak was "trust the experts", "trust the science".

This is a red flag because on such an important matter scientists should be able to lay out a convincing argument that an intelligent person can evaluate. There's no need for trust.
The epistemic minefield always looks like that scene out of the Wizard of Oz where the Wizard is trying to distract your attention from the man behind the curtain (i.e. himself).
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A handful of antidemocratic right-wing libertarian billionaires - not least, Peter Thiel - are primarily concerned with increasing their unimaginable wealth & power, & protecting it from Governments, democracy, & the people.

What's their strategy, & who is Peter Thiel? Image
Most people know how Big Tobacco denied the link between cancer for decades by deploying 'the dark arts', & most people are aware of how the Koch brothers spent $billions using the same techniques to promote climate change denial & support Right-libertarian political parties.
Most people know that billionaires Rupert Murdoch (Fox News, Times Radio, TalkRadio, Times, Sun (& soon to launch talkTV), the Barclays (Telegraph, Spectator) & Lord Rothermere (Mail) invest heavily in stoking a divisive culture war in order to keep voters distracted & divided. Image
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