Be careful about what you believe. Don't trust someone because they are 'an expert' or 'well respected.' There will always be other 'experts' and 'well respected' people who disagree with them. Make your own judgments based on your own observations.
David Goodstein's, in his book On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Frontlines of Science from Princeton University Press, has written about some examples of unreliable 'experts' making unfounded or deliberately deceptive scientific claims.
Problems caused by unreliable 'experts,' people who treat them as reliable, and people who observe for themselves and make their own judgments can provide many possibilities for cinema and fiction.
400 years of eclipse images in one 2-minute video - A look at how people have responded to eclipses from 1571 to the present.
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