I explained why there's a huge difference in those cases, right after the bit you decided to quote only.
I was mainly trying to not reply to every bit, save time....also I felt that bit seemingly contradicted your prior posts about people not needing to use their critical thinking, and didn't want to point that out/come off the wrong way by saying such.
(I didn't know how to word it the best way, in other words)
There you go again, assuming that
a) people have common sense
They do(by that I meant critical thinking and checking what one reads)....most are just too lazy to use it, but many still have the capacity
to do so.
b) there is such a well-established concept such as common sense
There is(see above on point A).
c) people have the time and ability to verify/check the science behind the claim
good number of people have plenty of time now(being mostly locked down and all), though.
Also google/bing/duckduckgo are things, and people likely know some good trustworthy alternative(yet official) sources or someone more knowledgeable to verify such with.
I'm saying all of those things are wrong, for most people. Which is why it's perfectly ok to defer to experts in complex matters, if you just do a tiny bit of source critique initially and consider who the source is.
This is a somewhat reasonable stance(what you posted here in this bit).
I still think people should check and verify with other sources(good ones) when/if they can, though......we shouldn't encourage people not using their critical thinking skills, in general, after all.
Guy who looks at a solar eclipse with a naked eye? <----------- don't take medical advice from this man
Honestly asking: What if he is knowledgeable otherwise?
In such cases i'd say "consider the source" in such cases, and check what they said more thoroughly......but not discount anything they said entirely(well with some exceptions, of course).
Well, that's where it gets sorta funny. I'm a citizen of more than one country, but I'm neither a resident, nor do I have any family in either country, so I'd be in the exact same situation over there.
In general, very good advice, though. :) Thanks.
If you want some humor that relates to your situation in a touching/heart felt way, watch The Terminal with Tom Hanks.....it's about a foreign national trapped in an airport when his country locks itself down and "disables" his travel documents(and those of most others from his country). :)