Via Art De Vany, this WSJ Opinion Journal piece by Holman Jenkins Jr. The title, above, contemplates what can be taken to summarize the whole article:
What if the heads being counted to certify an alleged "consensus" arrived at their positions by counting heads?
You should let that sink in, because, for better or worse, it’s how the world operates; it’s bad enough it does so in political philosophy and economics, but all the worse it’s so too in science. Read the whole thing. Further attention is directed to Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd. This is a good summary of the work so admired by the likes of Hitler and Mussolini.
This is essentially my touchstone for finding the very few smart people in a massive sea of mindless, blind-following-blind morons that have been breading for millenia. I instantly dismiss anyone who ever utters the phrase "most people think" in support of some [purported] "idea" they are trying to advance.