I have to admit I read a paragraph of the first post, and none of the replies; laptop battery is about to die.
But, this has been on my mind a bunch lately; not from the pandemic angel, but from a different standpoint....
We're brought up to "Trust the experts" at the cost of trusting our own ability to observe, and experiment and learn.
First, from being in school "Teacher is Right" "textbooks are right" - Why? because they're the authority.
On top of this, we have the fact that rigorous, logical (emotionally detached) thinking is not only not taught, but actively attacked
AND, our attention spans have been systematically castrated
AND the cultural, default status quo that basically NO ONE questions is Cell-Phone-Social-Media Echo Chamber
The result of this, is a reinforcement of "Trust the experts" because,
1. It's easier- No one is actually going to do any experiments themselves.
2. It's easier- No one has the time to even READ the actual research papers
3. It's easier- No thinking involved..
Following Long story short;
I recently got into gymnastics strength training. I have a fairly sizable amount of nutrition-research under my belt, but in the category of "How best to fuel for maximum/rapid muscle gain, zero.
I found some video's I deemed solid-info, regarding the strength training side of things; and then, saw the author's had a book on sports nutrition as well..
So I found downloaded it; and GAHD.
It's difficult to tell if either A. They're Heavily funded by Big-Food industry. or
B. They're just so Mainstream indoctrinated, that they're actually totally unaware of any even slightly-fringe (ie non corporate funded) nutritional research.
Either way, it's an example of "Echo chamber Echo Chamber Echo Chamber"
For example; (and their 2nd edition came out in 2019) They're still parroting the "Saturated Fat is Not Healthy." Which, we know is NOT true; there's extensive research proving otherwise AND plenty of information pointing to the fact that this lie was propagated by the Vegetable oil industry AND the american heart association.
AND- there's a whole section regarding "Artificial sweeteners" and how the research is at best inconclusive as to their health effects. Again; the research ACTUALLY shows, starting back at the very beginning of the 1900's that- THESE ARE ALL TERRIBLE.
Plenty of other examples in the book; that had me fuming. "Nutrient composition of food is basically irrelevant to sports training considerations" Oh? And, please, point me to the double blind placebo controlled study that Big Industry funded to test this?
I would love to sit down with these people and ask if they're actively biased; or just blind. One common axiom in the science world is "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" but it seems this is true only when it's convenient.
The conversation goes something like this
Person A- Yeah but how do you know?
Person B- Because,studies and stuff
Person A- But how do we know that those studies and stuff really looked at all sides of the issue?
Person B- Because Science
Person A- But how do we know that Science is unbiased?
Person B- Because Studies and stuff
Remind anyone of another group?
It's the Bible-kids- "How do you know it's true-? Cause the bible says so.
AND THE WORST PART OF ALL OF THIS
IS THAT IT PRESENTS SCIENCE ITSELF- IE HYPOTHESIS, EXPERIMENTATION IN A BAD LIGHT.