It's unwise to rely on the opinions of experts, for few if any are unbiased. Let's face it: we all need to make a living, and this influences people's opinions. Furthermore, many experts are actually very sloppy researchers. Even as far back as 2006 both Nature and Science were lamenting the fact that at least 50% of all research published in reputable journals was non-repeatable - in other words, spurious. In the end, if we really want to be able to come to an informed opinion, we need to go all the way to the original research. Was the experiment well-designed or did the design shape the outcome (unintentionally or otherwise)? What was the dataset before "cleaning" occurred? What statistical methods were used to analyze the data? In nearly every case, the sad fact is that experiments are poorly designed, the data sets are over-cleansed, and the statistical analyses are shoddy. This is a harsh indictment of contemporary scientific practice and a great many people have been making it for decades. As a result, simply "relying on the right experts" is a naive position to adopt.

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