agreed. But when 99% of the people have just read 1-2 papers, and there is "consensus", without anyone reproducing any of the experiments, the opinion of the 99% is worth about what my opinion is - aka nothing
The problem is, there is often consensus without duplication, or actual peer review. "If X says it is so, then I agree". The RIGHT answer is "I don't know, but X says it is so"
Consensus without duplication of experiment, or at LEAST running your OWN models on the other person's RAW data (if it is too hard to duplicate the data) is herd following
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan