Listening to the radio today – “scientists” were quoted in a story about the swine flu outbreak, as in “scientists say that…”. Are these scientists the same scientists that expressed concern about sunspot activity? I picture a door with a sign that says “scientists” – inside there are two or three scienctists who answer questions when reporters ask. It’s next to the room marked “doctors”.
Consider this, though: we live in a time where the words “according to scientists” carry enough authority for most people to accept what is being said.