What Does “Scientific Consensus” Mean? by Ethan Siegel.
When it comes to our everyday lives, “consensus” is a loaded word, perhaps even one of the most dangerous ones out there. To an individual with a working mind, the fact that most people?—?even if it’s the overwhelming majority of intelligent, informed people?—?believe in something shouldn’t shape your opinion at all.
Because part of having a working mind means having the confidence to gather, synthesize and draw conclusions from the information you can access yourself. It’s one of the most valuable things we can do as human beings.