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Just because a large number of well credentialed experts believe something in common doesn't mean that it's necessarily wrong, but if they've reached consensus that's the way to bet. Somehow, people have to learn that "consensus" is a huge problem.

There’s no arithmetic consensus, because it doesn’t require a consensus. But there is a Washington consensus. There is a climate consensus. “Consensus” is how we bully people into pretending that there’s nothing to see, move along, everyone. And so I think that, in part, you should start to learn that people don’t naturally come to high levels of agreement unless something is either absolutely clear, in which case consensus isn’t present, or there’s an implied threat of violence to livelihood or self.

-Eric Weinstein on The Tim Ferriss Show