Mistaking agreement for truth

“In fact, it’s Douggie’s growing conviction that the greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth. Single biggest influence on what a body will or won’t believe is what nearby bodies broadcast over the public band. Get three people in the room and they’ll decide that the law of gravity is evil and should be rescinded because one of their uncles got shit-faced and fell off the roof.” | Richard Powers in “The Overstory”

That line about our overwhelming tendency as humans to mistake agreement for truth hit me hard.

It is the best description I’ve heard of our fallibility.