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Science and evidence – living in an increasingly sceptical society

OPINION: There was a time when people generally accepted the statements of those in authority and how the world operated and what was true and not.  Or maybe it just seems that way – maybe we went through a quiet period.  Certainly, skepticism of those in authority has a long history and arguably has been one of the drivers of progress – people who were convinced there was a better or more effective way to do something and succeeded in showing that to be the case, often at significant personal risk.  But scepticism seems to be increasingly the norm.