Not all of us have the time or resources to do experiments ourselves and not all of us have the education to understand how to interpret the results. This is why we have scientists to tell us what is true. Often, the best policy is to trust what they say.
Unfortunately, those with agendas good and bad have learned that they can convince people to believe them if they claim that scientists support their view. “Trust the science,” they say.
Don’t get confused! Scientists often do not all agree with each other and long-standing models of nature have been overturned before. Scientists are humans just like anyone else and can be blackmailed or bribed into lying. Those with the ability to give grant money set the tone. Scientists can hold on to long-discredited theories for ego, and scientists can rush to embrace a new, untested theory for the same reason. They can even make genuine mistakes. It has happened before.
Science is one of the best ways to learn truth because it involves challenging assumptions and holding all things tentatively. Only those theories surviving after every attempt to disprove them are considered probable. I trust the science; it’s the scientists I don’t trust.
In politics, we play with the lives of other people. Those we vote for will put in place policies that might make the difference between life and death, imprisonment and freedom, or poverty and riches. Voting without being fully informed is the worst form of negligence. Listen to as many different news sources as you have time for. Seek out contrary opinions. Check your bias. Read history. Read science. Find a trusted analyst to sift the news for you, explain it, and put it in context. Look for errors in their logic. Ask for supporting evidence. Most of all, actually think.
Logic. Love. Liberty.