Organized Academic Overlords
I am often amused ("amused" is code for really pissed off) by people suggesting that scientists are part of some organized conspiracy, or hegemonic cabal. Some will even point to articles like this one By Dana Nuccitelli, August 15, 2019 (This link will open in new window.) sponsored by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as proof that "we" are pushing fringe conspiracies. Oh, and for the record the percentage is rapidly approaching a value indistinguishable from 100%.
Far too many people, not part of the cognoscenti, clamor for irrefutable proof (selectively) when confronted with uncomfortable information. A profound tragedy of our educational systems is that so many are so very ill informed as to what constitutes "knowing", and "proof" in the scientific community. Catch-22, as a member of said cabal there is (by definition) nothing I can ever say or do to convince a science-denier even if I could produce "proof" (even in a form acceptable to them) of my "knowledge".
Scientific thinking is not the outcome of natural processes. In fact, quite the opposite. Letting nature run its course results in magical thinking, holistic "medicine", and all manner of "new age" nonsense.
Someone mentioned the @rustyshackifyrd reply to Neil's comment and the above flashed into my brain and needed to be expelled to preserve my sanity.