We are all experts on everything and any person’s view on any topic is just as valid as that of any other person. We live in an intellectual democracy. The crazies at Quadrant and Catallaxy and other blogs know more about climate change than the thousands of scientists who have spent a lifetime studying it. Religious crazies tell us the world began years ago in Garden of Eden and that humans ran around the countryside being chased by dinosaurs. The fossil evidence is irrelevant and possibly being fabricated by left-wing atheists.
And of course the anti-vaccination lot are still telling us that vaccinations damage our kids despite science showing such claims are false. Never mind – these nitwits are just as entitled to their erroneous views as medical scientists. In this case the damages from such erroneous views are already being experienced. For example measles is back with a vengeance.
The ignorant now dictate what is taught in universities. We must have “market-determined” and “demand-responsive” courses that address the concerns of potential students. Hence let’s scrap economics , mathematics and statistics and teach “Business Management” courses to students whose employment experience is often restricted to a spell at McDonalds. Exaggerating? I don’t think so – look at the types of books on sale in university bookshops. Popularized low-level nonsense dominates.