If so, this only highlights the political challenge of our era: can popular democracy survive when majorities know they lack the scientific chops to make vital choices for our future -- and concurrently have learned through hard experience not to trust "leaders" to make those choices for us? Does preserving any semblance of a democratic polity require an almost superhuman quality of leadership rooted in democratic values? There's nothing much in our inequitable "meritocratic" capitalism that inspires such values. (Translation: Bill Gates may be acting the good guy in Paris, but do we want him for dictator?) Where would such leaders be found? And would we want them if they presented themselves?
I'm serious here.