Sustained infighting and factions in the emperor's court
Wikipedia article on the Song (linked to in Quora thread)
Factionalism weakened the dynasty at a critical point
Wikipedia article on the Ming Dynasty (linked to in thread)
TruthSift will lead to wrong answers because anybody can change the result, not just those with degrees and positions
There is a defensible demonstration or the elite have no rational basis. The diagram publishes it, or highlights its non-existence.
Doesn't it just come down to who challenges last then?
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts"--R.P. Feynman
Any smart person in the world can contribute, pasting his idea right where its relevant. The system immediately highlights its impact.
If this statement is TE, since anybody in the world can post challenges, nobody has a rational argument against it or its demonstration.
Rationality is a property of the demonstration, not the author.
After everybody has made every argument and counter argument they conceive, what remains is a rational analysis of what is understood.
This is evidently true even of credentialed experts. Medicine provides an example where propaganda wins the crowd.